Monday 26 February 2018

Tigers keen to get claws into action

Champions Cup
Champions Cup

John Fallon

The surprise elimination of England at the pool stages in the World Cup has left Premiership clubs chomping at the bit to get going but they will have to wait until week before their league takes off.

Leicester Tigers will play Sale Sharks tomorrow at Welford Road in the final of the Kings of the North tournament that they ran off with Newcastle Falcons in preparation for the new season.

Last weekend they fielded a youthful side and ran in seven tries in a 43-12 win over Loughborough College.

They only led 12-10 at the break but pull away after that.

Their squad included four sons of former first-team players at Welford Road in hooker Harry Thacker, centre Matt Smith, replacement forwards Fred Tuilagi and Oliver Povoas, while fly-half Jacob Umaga's father Mike is a former Samoa international.

Leicester will open their Premiership campaign next weekend when they travel to play London Irish.

They will be bidding to win their opening game for the fourth year in a row.

Stade Francais will resume their Top 14 campaign next weekend when they host Castres.

Meanwhile, Treviso are still searching for their first win of the Pro12 after going down 48-7 to Ulster in Ravenhill.

The Italians, Munster's first opponents in the Champions Cup, are in tenth place in the table having picked up a couple of bonus points.

Irish Independent

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