Leicester seal a place in the EDF Energy final

Leicester booked a place in the EDF Energy cup final after beating Wasps as the Millenium stadium. Leicester fly-half Andy Goode was in fine form and guided the Tigers to a great win.


Danny Cipriani scored two tries in the match and converted one but he was shaded by the performance of Andy Goode who scored a total of 19 points.

 

 

Cipriani picked up his first cap as England no. 10 last week  while Goode has not been capped since Andy Robinson’s final match in charge, against South Africa in November 2006, but Loffreda believes his international days are not yet over.

“Andy Goode’s was an outstanding performance,” said Loffreda on the EDF Energy Cup site. “His challenge is to be consistent, that is something I have been talking to him about and today he was 95% consistent.


“Goode is a very professional player. He is a decision maker, he understands our game plan and knows the best way to play. With these kind of performances he demonstrates he is a real gentleman and a real professional.


“Two months ago the opinion of many people close to rugby (was that he could be back in the England squad).


“He has come back from a few injuries with a firm and solid game. If he keeps this consistency at this level he would do perfectly well as part of the England squad.”


After working a narrow half-time lead, Leicester pulled clear with tries from Seru Rabeni, the excellent Dan Hipkiss and Martin Castrogiovanni.


It was Leicester’s first knock-out success against fierce rivals Wasps and went some way at least to avenging last year’s Heineken Cup final defeat, which denied the Tigers an unprecedented treble.


The Tigers came into the game on the back of a poor run of form, with defeat to Worcester their third in five matches.


Loffreda added: “We owed ourselves a good performance. Not only were the forwards very good but the backs were as well. We know we need to keep improving our game. At times we lost a bit of concentration but we are very happy with this win and this performance.


“We never mentioned our record against Wasps. We just tried to prepare for this big game and the players were really focused.”


Final Score Leicester 34-24 Wasps (H/t 13-12)

 

Scorers

Leicester
Try: Goode, Rabeni, Hipkiss, Castrogiovanni
Pen: Goode 2
Con: Goode 4



Wasps 24
Try: Cipriani 2, Sackey 2
Con: Cipriani, Walder

 

Teams

 

Leicester:
J. Murphy; Varndell, Rabeni, Hipkiss, Tuilagi; Goode, Ellis; Stankovich, Chuter, Castrogiovanni, L. Deacon, Kay, Croft, Herring, Corry.
Replacements: Kayser, Ayerza, White, Crane, Laussucq, Cornwell, Vesty.

 

Wasps:
Lewsey; Sackey, Waters, Flutey, Doherty; Cipriani, Reddan; Payne, Ibanez, Vickery, Skivington, Palmer, Hart, Haskell, Dallaglio.
Replacements: Ward, French, Birkett, Leo, McMillan, Walder, Waldouck.

Referee: N Owens (Wales)

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