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Match Report: Leicester Tigers 20 Exeter Chiefs 13

30 Sep 2017
Match Report: Leicester Tigers 20 Exeter Chiefs 13

Jonny May made it five tries in five Aviva Premiership Rugby games for his new club Leicester Tigers as they downed the defending champions Exeter Chiefs at Welford Road.

In an attritional clash in poor weather, Matt O’Connor’s side went in at the break 10-3 to the good thanks to Nick Malouf’s try and the boot of George Ford who was flawless from the tee all day.

The game looked to have turned just before the hour mark however when Telusa Veainu saw yellow and the Chiefs were awarded a penalty try for a deliberate knock on with Lachie Turner waiting to go over in the corner.

But at 13-10 May came to the party with a fine solo score in the left corner after some quick thinking from Ben Youngs.

Ford drilled the extras and while the Chiefs did claim a losing bonus point late on thanks to Gareth Steenson’s penalty, the Tigers could celebrate a morale-boosting win – their third on the spin in the league now.

Steenson slotted an early penalty for the visitors, who won here in impressive fashion last year on their way to the title, but it was Malouf who crashed over down the right after a long pass from Ford.

The England fly-half then slotted the extras and a drop goal and a penalty either side of the interval to open up a 13-3 lead.

The Chiefs – who had lost Julian Salvi to a yellow card in the first half – then came roaring back after Veainu’s indiscretion but they had not counted on May who struck after Youngs released him when everyone thought the game had stopped but the referee was still playing advantage.

Steenson gave the Chiefs something to take home with them afterwards but it was a brutal display from the Tigers who bossed the breakdown and had Sione Kalamafoni in particular in fine form.