Saturday 17 March 2018

Pacesetting Tigers show how it's done

2Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill Photo: Sportsfile
2Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill Photo: Sportsfile

John Fallon

Leicester Tigers have led the way in Pool 4 from the outset and they remain on course for a sixth win when they travel to Paris this weekend.

They encountered few difficulties when brushing a hapless Treviso side 47-7 aside in front of a crowd of 19,076 at Welford Road at the weekend.

Richard Cockerill's men ran in six tries to secure the win as they continued their superb form in Europe this campaign, the highlight of which came in the back-to-back wins over Munster prior to Christmas.

They had the bonus point wrapped up by the interval with Mike Fitzgerald and a penalty try getting them off to the best possible start.

Verenika Goneva got their third try and while Treviso responded with a good score from Andrea Pratichetti, Adam Thompstone got over before the interval to make it 28-7.

It was damage limitation for the Italians after that, with Leicester getting two more tries after the restart as they cantered home.

Ben Youngs got the first of those and Freddie Burns scored their sixth try as they turned the screw.

The result means that only Leicester Tigers, Racing 92 and Saracens have won all five pool games in the Champions Cup this season.

All three are guaranteed home quarter-finals before this weekend's final round of games.

Eleven other clubs, including Munster, still have a mathematical chance of reaching the quarter-finals in April when the final round of pool games take place across Europe this weekend.

Irish Independent

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