Leicester Tigers win Anglo Welsh LV Cup

Leicester Tigers became the 2011/12 Anglo Welsh LV= Cup champions when they beat Northampton Saints 26-14 in the final at Sixways Stadium


Steve Mafi scored a try for Leicester Tigers and was named man of the match.


Steve Mafi and Scott Hamilton were the try-scorers as the Tigers went over in each half while George Ford – picked over Toby Flood – kicked 16 points.


In what was the first ever final between the rivals, it was Saints who enjoyed most of the early ball and were 0-6 up after good work at scrum-time.


But in a swift move, Leicester boss Richard Cockerill introduced prop Marcos Ayerza from the bench after just 11 minutes for Boris Stankovich.


Ford then stepped up with two penalties of his own before Myler pushed the Saints back in front at 6-9. Still, the Tigers looked ominous though.


And their dominance paid off in the 25th minute when Irish full-back Geordan Murphy sent Mafi over for a strong finish. Ford converted the try.


Ford added another three just five minutes into the second half after great work from replacement Ayerza against Paul Doran-Jones in the set-piece.


Things got worse for Northampton soon after when the experienced New Zealander Hamilton intercepted fly-half Myler’s miss-pass on his own 22 and raced to the try line.


Saints did manage to fight their way back into proceedings and despite some ferocious defence from Leicester, Saxons second-row Christian Day finally breached the line.


It was too little too late for Jim Mallinder’s side though as Leicester lifted the LV= Cup.


Final Score Leicester 26 (16) Northampton14 (9)


Scorers


Leicester Tigers
Tries: Mafi, Hamilton
Penalties: Ford 4
Conversions: Ford 2


Northampton Saints
Tries: Day
Penalties: Myler 3


Teams


Northampton Saints


15 Paul Diggin , 14 Vasily Artemyev , 13 George Pisi , 12 James Downey , 11 Scott Armstrong , 10 Stephen Myler , 9 Martin Roberts , 1 Soane Tonga’uiha , 2 Andy Long , 3 Paul Doran Jones, 4 James Craig , 5 Christian Day, 6 Calum Clark (capt) , 7 Tom Wood , 8 Roger Wilson


Replacements , 16 Ross McMillan , 17 Alex Waller, 18 Brian Mujati , 19 Mark Sorenson , 20 Ben Nutley , 21 Ryan Glynn , 22 Ryan Lamb , 23 Tom May


Leicester Tigers


15 Geordan Murphy (c) , 14 Horacio Agulla , 13 Matt Smith , 12 Billy Twelvetrees , 11 Scott Hamilton , 10 George Ford , 9 James Grindal , 1 Boris Stankovich , 2 Rob Hawkins , 3 Logoviii Mulipola , 4 George Skivington , 5 Graham Kitchener , 6 Steve Mafi , 7 Craig Newby , 8 Thomas Waldrom


Replacements , 16 Tom Youngs , 17 Marcos Ayerza , 18 Julian White , 19 Calum Green , 20 Julian Salvi , 21 Scott Steele , 22 Toby Flood , 23 Andy Forsyth

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