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Match Report: Leicester Tigers 42 Newport Gwent Dragons 3

12 Nov 2016
Match Report: Leicester Tigers 42 Newport Gwent Dragons 3

Leicester Tigers eased past Newport Gwent Dragons to win their second Anglo-Welsh Cup group match following a brilliant first half, where they scored four tries.

Owen Williams opened his account for the season early on with a neat finish in the corner, and when Adam Thompstone scored their second they cut loose before the break.

Greg Bateman and Freddie Burns scored two more to give the hosts a commanding 27-3 half-time lead, securing a bonus point.

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The Dragons improved after half time but were unable to claw back any points and Leicester scored two more tries to preserve their 100 per cent winning start to the competition after last week’s win at Bath Rugby.

The hosts opted for a youthful side at Welford Road and they came flying out of the blocks with an intense opening ten minutes, especially at the breakdown.

Fly-half Freddie Burns scored the first points of the game with a penalty but shortly after centre Williams powered over in the corner after Thompstone tipped the ball to him following a kick through.

 

The Dragons got a foothold in the game as they tightened up around the breakdown, but Leicester continued to keep the pressure on after Geraint Rhys Jones kicked a penalty for the away side.

And it told in the final ten minutes before the break as they scored three unanswered tries to put the game beyond their Welsh rivals.

Thompstone scored the first when Leicester’s forwards drove Newport back before the ball went wide and he dived over, while lock Graham Kitchener found prop Bateman to score minutes later.

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And the half was completed in style when Burns successfully chased his own kick, beat the last defender and touched down for a memorable try.

Burns added a penalty shortly after the break but Harry Wells was sin-binned minutes later and Newport surged forward desperate to points on the board.

But Leicester held out and scored two further late tries through Ellis Genge and Jack Roberts, who scored his first try for the club.

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