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Match Reaction: Leicester Tigers 42-3 Newport Gwent Dragons

Coach Richard Blaze hailed his Leicester Tigers players for executing his game plan successfully after an impressive 42-3 win against Newport Gwent Dragons in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

The hosts broke through early as Owen Williams scored his first try of the season before Adam Thompstone, Greg Bateman and Freddie Burns scored three in ten minutes.

Newport’s defence remained firm for much of the second half , before Ellis Genge and Jack Roberts added gloss to the result late on.

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And following their victory at Bath Rugby last weekend, Leicester now sit top of the group and Blaze, standing in for director of rugby Richard Cockerill, was delighted with their display.

“We spoke in the week about keeping our foot on the pedal, and that is something we will have to look at,” he said.

“We had a really good first half and then almost let them back in the game in the second. But we got the win and we are sitting comfortably in the table.

“There were some good performances and I thought number eight Luke Hamilton was one of the outstanding players today.”

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By contrast, Newport Gwent Dragons backs coach Shaun Connor admits he was frustrated with his side’s display – especially in the first half.

The Dragons improved after the break and Connor says he takes solace from the fact so many young players gained experience in a major game.

“I must have sounded like a madman at half time,” he said.

“Some of our defence in the first half was really good but a lot of their points came from our errors – and turnover ball, which is the hardest to defend.

“Our message at half-time was ‘let’s be cleaner in attack and more accurate and that will enable us to put pressure on them.

“The most pleasing thing for us was the number of youngsters we had on the field at the end. Leon Brown came on and – for a 19-year-old playing here – he will be better for it.”

Leicester Tigers:  Worth, Thompstone, Roberts, Williams (Tait 41), Betham, Burns (Bryant 69), Harrison (Kitto), Ayerza (Genge 41), Thacker (McGuigan 48), Bateman (Cilliers 48), Wells, Kitchener (Slater 57), Croft, Evans (O’Connor 57), Hamilton

Newport Gwent Dragons:  Meyer, Prydie (Talbot-Davies 41), Warren, Dixon, Hewitt, Jones (Robson 49), Knoyle, Price (Hobbs 46), Harris (Dee 46), Mitchell (Brown 33), Davies (Blake 57), Screech, Thomas (Skinner 66), Cudd, Keddie.

Leicester Tigers

Tries: Williams, Thompstone, Bateman, Burns, Genge, Roberts

Conversions: Burns 2

Penalties: Burns 2

Newport Gwent Dragons

Penalties: Jones

Referee: Andrew Jackson

Attendance: 18,750

The second round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup kicks off this weekend. For full details of the tournament and tickets for the Final at the Twickenham Stoop on Sunday 19 March see www.new-heroes.com

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