Leicester cruise to victory over Northampton

Leicester Tigers cruised to a 8-36 bonus point victory over Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership at Franklins Gardens on Saturday.

Leicester produced a superb second-half performance following an evenly contested
first period to comfortably claim victory.

Hosts Northampton had enjoyed a thrilling victory over Wasps a week earlier,
while Leicester were narrow winners away at Exeter.

A slow start to the game saw all 15 points scored in the first half come from
the boot, and it was the Tigers who enjoyed the lion’s share.

Toby Flood’s penalty put Leicester in front but the lead was quickly cancelled
out by Stephen Myler’s effort. But Flood punished more indiscipline from the
hosts in the 30 minutes that followed, striking three further penalty goals
to make it 3-12 at half-time.

Courtney Lawes was sin-binned for Northampton in the first half for a deliberate
knock-on, but despite the nine-point gap, the tie remained finely poised.

The second half was a different story, however, as four tries from the visitors
extinguished any hope of a Northampton fightback.

Tuilaga crossed just after the restart following good handling from Marcos
Ayerza and Jordan Crane to put Leicester 3-17 in front and, though Myler gave
the hosts hope with an unconverted try just shy of the hour, three further scores
in the final 20 minutes from Leicester took the game away from the Saints.

Tuilagi grabbed his second on 61 minutes after Thomas Waldrom had gone close,
and ten minutes later Niall Morris struck to settle the contest.

Matthew Tait’s try less than five minutes later rubbed salt in the wounds,
and, though Northampton showed enterprise with the ball in hand, it was too
little, too late.

Final Score Northampton Saints 8 (3) Leicester Tigers 36 (12)

Scorers

Northampton Saints
Tries – Myler
Pen – Myler
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Leicester Tigers
Tries – Tuilagi (2), Morris, Tait
Pen – Flood (4)
Con – Flood (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee:
Wayne Barnes (119th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Robin Goodliffe & Roy Maybank
TMO: David Grashoff.

Teams

Northampton Saints

15 Ben Foden , 14 James Wilson , 13 George Pisi , 12 Tom May , 11 Jamie Elliot , 10 Stephen Myler , 9 Lee Dickson , 1 Soane Tonga’Uiha , 2 Dylan Hartley (capt) , 3 Tom Mercey , 4 Courtney Lawes , 5 Christian Day, 6 Samu Manoa , 7 Phil Dowson , 8 Tom Wood

Replacements , 16 Ross McMillan , 17 Alex Waller , 18 Brian Mujati , 19 GJ Van Velze , 20 Ben Nutley , 21 Martin Roberts , 22 Ryan Lamb , 23 Luther Burrell

Leicester Tigers

15 Mathew Tait , 14 Niall Morris , 13 Manusamoa Tuilagi , 12 Anthony Allen , 11 Adam Thompstone , 10 Toby Flood (c) , 9 Ben Youngs , 1 Marcos Ayerza , 2 Tom Youngs , 3 Dan Cole , 4 Ed Slater , 5 Geoff Parling , 6 Tom Croft , 7 Julian Salvi , 8 Jordan Crane

Replacements , 16 Rob Hawkins , 17 Logovi’i Mulipola , 18 Martin Castrogiovanni , 19 Thomas Waldrom , 20 Graham Kitchener , 21 Sam Harrison , 22 George Ford , 23 Matt Smith

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