Tuesday 6 December 2016

Tuilagi back as Leicester win again

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Declan Rooney

Published 02/12/2016 | 02:30

Leicester Tigers' Manu Tuilagi made his return from a groin injury in last week's 21-16 win away to Bristol. Photo: Getty Images
Leicester Tigers' Manu Tuilagi made his return from a groin injury in last week's 21-16 win away to Bristol. Photo: Getty Images

It has been a long time in coming but England and Lions centre Manu Tuilagi made his comeback for Leicester Tigers last weekend as they warmed up to face Munster in next weekend's Champions Cup clash.

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Tuilagi has been out since the first day of the season due to a groin injury, but he was a second-half replacement for Richard Cockerill's side, who were 21-16 winners away to Bristol.

Two Freddie Burns penalties got Tigers up and running and after they were pegged back, Adam Thompstone's try five minutes from the break set them on the road to victory.

Crucially, Ellis Genge crossed again for Leicester seven minutes into the second half, which gave them a straight forward run in to the final whistle, as Tuilagi featured for the last 20 minutes.

Leicester host Northampton Saints tomorrow evening (5.0) in their final game before they come to Thomond Park next Saturday, and Munster fans can see next weekend's opponents in that game live on BT Sports.

In the Top 14 there was no action last week as the national side took on New Zealand in Paris, but seventh-placed Racing 92 get back to action tomorrow with a trip to La Rochelle. Racing will hope to buck their season's trend of faltering away from home if they are to hit the Champions Cup on a high.

While they are six from six at home, away days have been less fruitful with five losses from their six road trips.

And in the Pro12 Munster will get a close up look at Glasgow Warriors tonight - the Warriors were dismayed to lose at home to Ospreys last weekend in one of the shocks of the round.

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