Harlequins go top after beating Leicester Tigers

Harlequins took back the top spot in the Aviva Premiership when they edged Leicester Tigers 25-21 at the Twickenham Stoop.


Leicester started the match in first place in the Premiership standings but now drop to third place as Saracens victory over Exeter moved them up the standings.


Incredibly Leicester had won on their last eight visits to the Stoop and Harlequins had not beaten the Tigers at since their 26- 23 victory in the semi-final 1st leg of the Wildcard in May 2003.


Leicester took control of the match early on when England fly half Toby Flood picked off an intercept try which he converted.


Ben Botica slotted a penalty kick to cut the points deficit to four points but the Flood responded with a penalty of his own.


The exchanginng of penalties continued until Flood put in a perfect grubber for winger Adam Thompstone who scored in the corner. After a lengthy TMO review the try was awarded.


Flood failed to convert Thompstone’s try but with a 12-18 half time lead Leicester were in control of the match.


Harlequins however came out for the second half with a more determined attitude and nine minutes later Daniel Care snuck around a ruck and raced for the line, wrong-footing Matt Tait on his way to scoring.


Care’s try lifted Harlequins while also putting them into the lead.


The next half an hour of the match Harlequins armwrestled Leicester for the ball and kept them from scoring until the 69th minute when Flood added a penalty.


Moments earlier Ben Botica had edged Harlequins further ahead so the Tigers were still trailing after Flood’s penalty.


Harlequins then won a penalty two minutes from time which Botica slotted and sealed the result.


Final Score Harlequins 25 (12) Leicester Tigers 21 (18)


Scorers


Harlequins
Tries : Care
Pen : Botica 5
Con : Botica


Leicester Tigers
Tries : Flood
Pen : Flood 3
Con : Flood


Match Officials
Referee
: Wayne Barnes (116th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Peter Huckle, Ashley Rowden
TMO: David Grashoff.


Teams


Harlequins


15. Ross Chisholm , 14. Tom Williams , 13. Matt Hopper , 12. Jordan Turner-Hall , 11. Ugo Monye , 10. Nick Evans , 9. Danny Care, 8. Tom Guest , 7. Luke Wallace , 6. Maurie Fa’asavalu , 5. George Robson , 4. Nick Easter (C) , 3. James Johnston , 2. Joe Gray ,1. Mark Lambert


Replacements : 16. Rob Buchanan , 17. Darryl Marfo , 18. Will Collier , 19. Charlie Matthews , 20. Joe Trayfoot , 21. Jordan Burns , 22. Ben Botica , 23. George Lowe


Leicester Tigers


15 Mathew Tait , 14 Scott Hamilton , 13 Manusamoa Tuilagi , 12 Anthony Allen , 11 Adam Thompstone , 10 Toby Flood , 9 Sam Harrison , 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Julian Salvi , 6 Brett Deacon , 5 Graham Kitchener, 4 Louis Deacon (c) , 3 Logovi’i Mulipola , 2 Rob Hawkins ,1 Marcos Ayerza


Replacements :16 George Chuter , 17 Kieran Brookes , 18 Fraser Balmain , 19 Ed Slater , 20 Jordan Crane , 21 Micky Young , 22 George Ford , 23 Matt Smith

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