Tuesday 6 December 2016

Leicester continue impressive form

John Fallon

Published 15/01/2016 | 02:30

Freddie Burns was the home hero when he landed a late penalty to win it. Photo: Getty
Freddie Burns was the home hero when he landed a late penalty to win it. Photo: Getty

Munster's interest in the Champions Cup may be over as far as qualification for the quarter-finals is concerned but they can still have a big bearing on what happens in the competition.

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Leicester Tigers continue to set the standard in the pool and they will go into their clash with Treviso at Welford Road full of confidence after a thrilling 30-27 win over Northampton Saints at the weekend.

The Tigers looked like they would run away with the game when they opened up a 21-0 lead but Saints, with JJ Hanrahan starting at out-half, hit back with ten points before the break.

The second half, played in front of a crowd of 25,849 at Welford Road, was a cracking contest and a draw seemed the likely outcome when Northampton made it 27-27.

But Freddie Burns was the home hero when he landed a late penalty to win it.

However, despite seven wins from nine games, Leicester are only in fourth place on 29 points, eight points off leaders Saracens.

Treviso, still looking for a first win of the campaign in any competition, fell to their 16th defeat in a row when they went down 28-13 away to Edinburgh. All they have to show for their work this season are seven bonus points in the league.

They have yet to pick up even a losing bonus point in the Champions Cup and that is unlikely to change at Welford Road tomorrow.

Treviso wrap up their European campaign when they host Munster in Italy on Sunday week, when both sides will be hoping to sign off on a disappointing pool effort with a win.

Irish Independent

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