Wednesday 21 February 2018

Tigers seek to maintain strong form

(stock photo)
(stock photo)

Declan Rooney

With six weeks to go before the face Munster in the first of two pivotal Champions Cup games, Leicester Tigers will hope to build on their excellent European form when they take on Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park on Sunday afternoon.

Without a try bonus point so far this season in the English Premiership, Tigers will hope that last weekend's 54-29 triumph against Castres in the Champions Cup can trigger a glut of scores for their side.

Tigers were in rare form against Top 14 outfit as full-back Telusa Veainu helped himself to three tries in the seven-try rout, while Jonny May also added a double from the wing.

Currently in sixth place, Leicester can leapfrog Sunday's opponents in the standings with a win, although Falcons have also four wins from six.

Castres would have been happy to claim a draw against Munster, but that Tigers defeat has them on the back foot in Pool 4. They did claim a try bonus as David Smith ran in three, but their focus quickly turns to league action where they host Agen.

Unlike the PRO14 teams, the Top 14 only pauses for one week during the November international window, so they are in for a busy few weeks ahead.

The same goes for Racing 92, who welcome Bordeaux Begles to Colombes this weekend. With just three wins from seven games to date, Racing will hope to end a three-game losing streak in the competition.   

Irish Independent

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