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Williams ends debut season as top point scorer

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Owen Williams finished his first season at Leicester Tigers as the club's leading point scorer.

Fly-half Williams scored 187 points in his 16 starts and eight appearances from the bench, making him Tigers’ fifth highest point scorer in a debut season.
Toby Flood holds the record points total for a Tigers player in their debut season with 202 points. And he finished his final season at Leicester before his summer move to Toulouse second in the points chart with 168 from his 17 starts and seven substitute appearances.
Flood ended his Tigers career on 1,336 points, leaving him fifth on the club’s all-time list behind Dusty Hare (4,507), John Liley (2,518), Andy Goode (1,799) and Tim Stimpson (1,713), according to official club historian and statistician Stuart Farmer. Flood is also third on England’s all-time points list with 301 points.

Vereniki Goneva finished the season as the club's top try scorer with 14 in all competitions. The Fiji international topped the Aviva Premiership charts with 12 tries in the league.
Flood also joined the 100-cap club at Tigers this season, as did Anthony Allen and Ben Youngs. Youngs made his 100th Premiership appearance in Friday night’s semi-final.
Williams, Fraser Balmain, Dan Bowden, Jamie Gibson, Goneva, David Mele and Blaine Scully earned their 20-game tie.
Jordan Crane made the most appearances for the second season running. Crane started 23 games and made five appearances as a replacement. Julian Salvi made 26 starts, Jamie Gibson made 24 starts and two substitute appearances and Ed Slater made 23 starts and three appearances from the bench.
George Chuter retired after 13 years with Tigers. The hooker played in 290 first team games, including seven Premiership Final appearances, a record he shares with Geordan Murphy. Chuter is 37th on Tigers’ all-time appearance list and second on that of Premiership Rugby. He was part of a Leicester squad which has reached four European Cup Finals and won 24 caps for England, including an appearance in the 2007 World Cup Final.
In 17 European Cup campaigns Tigers have reached the knockout phase 12 times. In the Premiership, Tigers qualified for their tenth straight play-off semi-final.
The tries scored per game rate was exactly the same as last season at 2.53 per match. Tigers used 54 different players – 17 of whom made their debut for the club.
These statistics, and many more, will be available in a new edition of the official history of Leicester Tigers when it is published later this year.
The full update to the original Tigers Tale brings the unique story of the club up to the present day, not only covering the momentous events of the past two decades, but benefiting from painstaking new research into the early life of the club to create the truly definitive updated complete club history.
Once again authored by the successful combination of official club historian and statistician Stuart Farmer and renowned rugby journalist David Hands, the new edition tops 500 pages and, printed in full colour, it includes:
• Complete, updated and extended club history from 1880 to 2014, compiled in an easy-to-follow style.
• Full career details of every player to have played for the Leicester first team, plus a detailed biographical section on all players to have been awarded a club cap by making 100 starts.
• Pen picture details of all club officials, coaching teams and Board members.
• Results, scorers and team line-ups for every first-class fixture, extended to include the timings of tries and chronological league positions in the modern era as well as official attendances.
• Updated and comprehensive statistics in an A-Z format contained in a Tigers Encyclopaedia section.
• Lavishly and superbly illustrated, using unpublished new material wherever possible.
The book is being published with any profits benefiting the Rugby Development Foundation, a charitable organisation backing and supporting grassroots rugby including the development of elite young players through the Tigers.
The new book costs £40 including UK post and package, courtesy of DX, and pre-order is available now up to August 1. Any purchase before that date will have their name added to the book.
Books will be sent out during late-October.
For more details, see the website at www.rugby-foundation.org.uk/products/tigers-book.