Tigers Tame Bristol To Move Fourth

Leicester kept play-off hopes alive with a 32-14 win over Bristol at Welford Road on Saturday.


The Tigers had Ireland international Geordan Murphy back at fullback for the match and Martin Corry started in the second row after coming on as a sub against Wasps. Bristol made several changes in a bid to rest some players before the season ends.


Former New Zealand inside centre Aaron Mauger opened the scoring after just five minutes with a five pointer that was not converted by usually reliable goal-kicker Andy Goode.


Flanker Ben Herring eased the hosts into a 13-0 lead but Goode was unable to knock over another conversion.


Lightning winger Tom Varndell powered over for the Tigers third try after just 26 minutes as it looked like the visitors were going to be taken to the sword.


Bristol started the second period with more intent and crossed for a try through England scrum-half Shaun Perry to narrow the gap to 20-7.


But Leicester were not to be outdone as they surged forward in search of a vital bonus point try to keep semi-final hopes alive.


The Tigers were rewarded a penalty try 16 minutes into the second-half to calm Tigers coach Marcelo Loffreda’s nerves.


Andy Goode rounded off a fruitful day for the Tigers with a five pointer of his own before Bristol were able to grab a late consolation try through substitute Jason Strange.


The win sees the Tigers move up to fourth place on the table and into the play-off hot-seat.


Final Score Leicester 32 Bristol 14


Scorers


Leicester
Tries: Mauger, Herring, Varndell, penalty try, Goode
Conversions: Goode (2)
Penalties: Goode


Bristol
Tries: Perry, Beveridge
Conversions: Barnes, Strange


Teams


Leicester Tigers
Murphy Varndell Hipkiss Mauger Tuilagi Goode Ellis Castrogiovanni Davies White Corry Kay Croft Herring Crane


Subs: Kayser Ayerza Blaze Deacon Murphy Humphreys


Bristol
Robinson Brew Eves Lemi Barnes Perry Crompton Linklater Bracken Sambucetti Hohneck Grieve Blowers Ward-Smith


Subs: Prosser Clarke Budgett To’oala Beveridge Strange Higgitt.

 

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