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Leicester Tigers earned a 17-8 Anglo Welsh LV=Cup victory over East Midlands rivals Northampton Saints at Welford Road on Saturday.
Northampton’s LV Cup hopes now rest on Round 4 results after they slipped to a first loss in the 2014/15 competition.
East Midlands derbies are never drab affairs and Leicester claimed the latest bragging rights with their victory at Welford Road.
Sebastian de Chaves wasted no time, grabbing the first try after five minutes after typically powerful work from the home pack.
Poor conditions didn’t favour the kickers but Will Hooley did land an effort to put Northampton on the board after 20 minutes.
Laurence Pearce then crashed over from close-range after an excellent break from Jack Roberts, putting Leicester 14-3 to the good by half-time.
Hope for Saints came in the form of Howard Packman’s try in the second half, latching on to Sam Olver’s grubber kick, as Leicester continued to reject kicks at goal.
Williams’ eventual strike restored some calm, enough for Leicester to take an unimpressive win save for the performance of Roberts.
Final Score Leicester Tigers 17 (14) Northampton Saints 8 (3)
Tries : De Chaves, Pearce
Pen : Williams
Con : Williams (2)
Tries : Packman
Pen : Hooley
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Paul Dix (England), Simon McConnell (England)
Timekeeper: Paul Stanley (England)
Leicester: 15 Tommy Bell, 14 Niall Morris, 13 George Catchpole, 12 Jack Roberts, 11 Adam Thompstone, 10 Owen Williams, 9 Sam Harrison (c), 8 Laurence Pearce, 7 Robert Barbieri, 6 Jamie Gibson, 5 Sebastian De Chaves, 4 Greg Peterson, 3 Fraser Balmain, 2 Harry Thacker, 1 Michele Rizzo.
Replacements: 16 Neil Briggs, 17 Riccardo Brugnara, 18 Logovi’i Mulipola, 19 Jack Whetton, 20 Charlie Beckett, 21 David Mele, 22 Matt Smith, 23 Terrence Hepetema.
Northampton: 15 Tom Collins, 14 Jamie Elliott, 13 Dom Waldouck, 12 Tom Stephenson, 11 Howard Packman, 10 Will Hooley, 9 Joel Hodgson, 8 Cam Dolan, 7 Teimana Harrison, 6 Phil Dowson (c), 5 Alex Woolford, 4 Tom Ryder, 3 Gareth Denman, 2 Matti Williams, 1 Ethan Waller.
Replacements: 16 Reece Marshall, 17 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, 18 Adam Parkins, 19 Jordan Onojaife, 20 Ben Nutley, 21 Alex Day, 22 Sam Olver, 23 Rory Hutchinson.
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