A faultless kicking display from fly-half Ian Humphreys sent Leicester third in the GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP table and ended Wasps’ 100% record at Adams Park this season.
The traditional powerhouses of English rugby were missing several first-teamers due to international commitments and their absence showed in a scrappy game.
Both sides scored tries in the first half through Alex King and Shane Jennings respectively but it was left to the boot of Humphreys to give the Tigers their fourth consecutive win.
However, the game will be overshadowed by an injury sustained by Wasps centre Ayoola Erinle.
The 26-year-old got caught in a ruck after 10 minutes and had to be taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg.
Leicester opened the scoring through Humphreys’ penalty after 12 minute only for Erinle’s replacement Jeremy Staunton to put Wasps back on level terms four minutes later after Leicester were penalised for obstruction at their own lineout.
The home side then took the lead. James Haskell was hit hard in midfield but somehow managed to offload to Staunton.
The Irishman sped past Edd Thrower on his outside but was hauled down a metre short, only for Wasps captain Alex King to finish under the posts with Staunton adding the extras to make it 10-3.
The Tigers controversially squared it up six minutes later through Jennings. Former All Black Daryl Gibson burst free of the Wasps defence and Lawrence Dallaglio brought him down just inches away from the try line.
Jennings was on hand to pick up the loose ball and dive over form a yard but Dallaglio and the Wasps’ fans were adamant that Gibson had knocked on.
Referee David Rose ignored the protests and that ended the scoring for the first half, although on 29 minutes Tigers flanker Luke Abraham was sinbinned for stamping at the base of a ruck.
Wasps were disappointed not to have a try soon after the restart when Thrower had a score ruled out for a forward pass by Haskell.
Humphreys then put the Tigers back in front with a penalty in front of the posts before Wasps’ Peter Bracken was shown yellow for a reckless high tackle on Leicester centre Dan Hipkiss on 61 minutes.
To make matters worse for the home side Humphreys effortlessly slotted home the resulting penalty to put the visitors six points ahead.
The Irish fly-half then made it five kicks from five with nine minutes remaining after the home side were was penalised for not engaging the scrum properly.
Wasps threw everything at Leicester in the last few minutes but all they could muster was a King drop goal in the dying second to give them a bonus point.