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Anglo-Welsh Cup Final Match Report: Exeter Chiefs 12 Leicester Tigers 16

19 Mar 2017
Anglo-Welsh Cup Final Match Report: Exeter Chiefs 12 Leicester Tigers 16

Fly-half Freddie Burns kicked 11 points as Leicester Tigers beat Exeter Chiefs 16-12 to win the Anglo-Welsh Cup at the Twickenham Stoop.

James Short and Tom Brady exchanged first-half tries with Burns’ three penalties giving Tigers the advantage at the break.

No. 8 Sam Simmonds’ try with just two minutes remaining set up an extremely tense last two minutes but Tigers were able to hold on to lift the trophy.

It is the Leicester Tigers first piece of silverware since 2013 when they lifted the Aviva Premiership Rugby and their first success in the Anglo-Welsh Cup since 2012.

Exeter Chiefs kicked an early penalty for the corner but were unable to capitalise and thought Short was away soon after but play was brought back for a forward pass.

And it was the Tigers who broke the deadlock when fly-half Burns slotted his first penalty of the afternoon from long-range.

Short wasn’t to be denied twice though as a well-worked backs move from the Chiefs saw the winger sweep through the Tigers defence and dot down in the corner for 5-3.

Fly-half Joe Simmonds wasn’t able to add the vital conversion.

Tigers restored their lead after 19 minutes though as Brady intercepted a loose pass from the Chiefs and stormed in from 40m with Burns adding the extras to make it 10-5.

Burns added another three points from the tee with 25 minutes played which Joe Simmonds had the chance to cancel out but his penalty was sent wide of the uprights.

And when Tigers broke from their own 22, Shaun Malton caught Harry Thacker with a high tackle earning him ten minutes in the sin bin and Burns made the half-time score 16-5 with another penalty.

Joe Simmonds missed another opportunity at the posts early in the second half before the TMO ruled out a Jack Maunder score after spotting a knock-on by Julian Salvi in the build up.

Brady nearly had his second try as he chased a Tigers’ kick but Chiefs full-back Lachie Turner just managed to touch the ball down first after delaying in the hope the ball would go dead.

With an hour played, Exeter Chiefs earned two penalties deep inside the Leicester 22 and twice chose to take a scrum and were held up over the tryline as Tigers’ defence held firm.

With just five minutes to go, the Chiefs were once again five metres away from the Tigers’ line and after countless phases Sam Simmonds eventually got over under the posts with just two minutes left to play.

Will Hooley added the conversion but the Chiefs had left it too late to get another score and it was Tigers who were crowned champions.