Loffreda’s Leicester overpower Leeds

Marcelo Loffreda got his first taste of victory and the bonus was that it came in his first Premiership match. Leicester Tigers who were captained by Lewis Moody, overpowered Leeds despite the conditions.

Leicester’s first try came as Tom Varndell pounced on a loose ball. Their second came shortly after the break as Sam Vesty passed to Youngs who edged over the line.

Varndell scored again this time it came from Vesty’s through-kick in the last minute as Varndell found space in the corner.

Speaking after the match Leeds director of rugby Stuart Lancaster told BBC Sport, “I was disappointed with the scoreline but I thought there were lots of positive aspects.

“What it demonstrated is that you’ve got to get all parts of your game to the highest level when you’re facing sides of the quality of Leicester.

“Leicester took their chances well and it won them the game.”

Newly appointed Leicester coach Marcelo Loffreda was more positive saying, “We can do some aspects better than we did but in general I’m really happy.

“Tom Croft was outstanding and he was the man of the match. He has a lot of potential, a really good future.

“We did not concede any tries to them but we have to be more sharp when we have the ball.”

Final Score Leicester 29-6 Leeds


Leicester (6) 6
Tries: Varndell (2), Youngs
Pens: Goode (4)
Cons: Goode

Leeds (13) 29
Pens: Di Bern’o (2)


Leeds: Hinton, Satala, Vickerman, Tuilagi, Biggs, Di Bernardo, Bedford, MacDonald, Ma’asi, Noon, Hooper, Lund, Paul, Clark, Oakley.
Replacements: Blackett for Tuilagi (68), Hepworth for Di Bernardo (76), Parkes for Ma’asi (63), Pala’amo for Noon (58), Bouza for Lund (72), Dunbar for Paul (49).
Not Used: Edwards.

Leicester: Vesty, J. Murphy, Hipkiss, T. Youngs, Varndell, Goode, F. Murphy, Ayerza, Davies, Moreno, Hamilton, Kay, Croft, Moody, B. Deacon.
Replacements: B. Youngs for F. Murphy (75), Chuter for Davies (54), Young for Moreno (75), Blaze for Kay (71), Abraham for Moody (58).
Not Used: Burke, Erinle.

Ref: Andrew Small (RFU).
Att: 9,496

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