Sunday 21 January 2018

Over 17,000 turn out to see Leicester

Mathew Tait of Leicester Tigers crossed for a try
Mathew Tait of Leicester Tigers crossed for a try

John Fallon

Leicester Tigers are the only one of Munster's opponents in action this week as the leagues around Europe continue on their break for the World Cup.

The English Premiership will not start until mid-October but the Tigers were in action last weekend when they defeated Newcastle Falcons 36-19 in the Kings of the North tournament the two clubs have organised with Sale Sharks.

A crowd of 17,794 turned up at Welford Road to watch Leicester run in five tries in an impressive display.

Leicester lost their opening game to Sale but came good against the Challenge Cup side last weekend.

The sides were level at 19-19 at the break after Mathew Tait, Peter Betham and George Catchpole crossed for tries.

Tigers did not concede a score in the second-half and ran out winners as Mike Williams and Harry Thacker got in for tries.

Leicester and Newcastle will meet again this Friday evening in the competition at Kingston Road.

Meanwhile, Stade Francais will not get a chance to move off the bottom of the Top 14 until October 16 when the league resumes in France and they entertain Castres.

Castres are fifth in the table after winning both of their opening home games and have chalked up 10 points.

Treviso will get the chance next week to secure their first win of the Pro12 campaign when they travel to take on Ulster.

Irish Independent

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