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Rampant Leicester back on track

21 Sep 2002
Rampant Leicester back on track

Only a week after being the first man to smash the 1,000 points barrier in league matches, the England player booted a joint record 32 more in front of a big home crowd to equal the record held jointly between Newcastle’s Dave Walder and London Irish’s Niall Woods.

Stimpson’s tally came courtesy of seven penalties, four conversions and a drop-goal, his six first half penalties ensuring that by the time their first try came on 34 minutes – courtesy of Rod Kafer – they were well ahead.

The win now gives the four-time champions two wins from their four league games so far, and will no doubt silence some of the doubters who had said that their reign at the top of the English game may be coming to an end.

Youngster Sam Vesty’s move to fly-half proved to be a tactical masterstroke by coach Dean Richards, with the home side’s free running play causing mayhem in the Newcastle backline.

The Tigers piled on the pressure in the second half, with tries from Neil Back, Ollie Smith and Graham Rowntree securing a bonus point as well as a much-needed win, with three Jonny Wilkinson penalties all the visitors had to show from a frustrating afternoon.

Leicester TigersTries: Kafer, Back, Smith, Rowntree Cons: Stimpson 4Pens: Stimpson 7DG: Stimpson

Newcastle FalconsPens: Wilkinson 3

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