Admittedly, Leicester may have had their minds on next week’s Heineken Cup final clash with Munster and were without skipper Martin Johnson and key men such as Neil Back and Tim Stimpson, but it was nevertheless a well-fought victory by the Shoguns.
The day belonged to Bristol and their outstanding Argentina international fly-half Felipe Contepomi who was the central figure in the drama at Welford Road.
The Puma finished up with a personal tally of 12 points, but it was his running game that really underpinned his side’s performance.
Former England wing David Rees was the first to benefit from the excellent distribution of the No.10, taking a neat scoring pass from Contepomi to score the first try of the afternoon in the 24th minute.
Centre Jamie Williams was the next beneficiary of Contepomi’s skill, diving in at the corner after a pinpoint pass from his team-mate. However, the Argentine helped set up the Shoguns’ second try when he passed to Best who flicked possession on to centre Williams five metres out from Leicester’s line and he took full advantage of the stretched defence to dive in at the corner.
Then Bristol flanker Michael Lipman scored another try – thanks to a break from Contepomi – all three first half tries converted by the on-song Argentine.
While Leicester finished strongly, Andy Goode spearheading a fightback through the boot and with a late try, it was too little, too late for the home side who must now pick themselves up for the huge challenge presented by Munster in Cardiff next week.
Leicester Tigers:Tries: Andy GoodeCons: Andy GoodePens: Andy Goode (2)
Bristol Shoguns:Tries: Michael Lipman, David Rees, Jamie WilliamsCons: Contepomi (3)Pens: Contepomi (2)