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Match report: Worcester Warriors 5 Leicester Tigers 34

04 Mar 2018
Match report: Worcester Warriors 5 Leicester Tigers 34

Leicester Tigers kept their top-four aspirations alive with a crucial bonus-point victory over Worcester Warriors at Sixways.

First-half tries from Jonah Holmes and Greg Bateman formed the backbone of the visitors’ third successive victory in the Aviva Premiership Rugby.

Telusa Veaniu’s double helped Matt O’Connor’s men climb into fifth, with Manu Tuilagi also crossing the line late on.

Despite an early riposte from Alafoti Faosiliva, Worcester failed to complete a first double over the Tigers after their first-ever win at Welford Road back in November, 2017.

Shortly after Jonny Arr broke through the line-out and threatened to breach their backline, Tigers turned the tables and went 5-0 up.

Veainu broke from his own 22 deep into Warriors territory, Holmes sent over in the left-hand corner for an eighth try of the season on 14 minutes.

The visitors bossed the early exchanges, but were caught napping by the Worcester forwards who drove Alafoti Faosiliva over in a rolling maul to draw level.

Some slick work at the breakdown led to a second Tigers try, serial try-scoring prop Bateman crossed by the posts to hand his side a 12-5 interval lead.

After the break Toomua landed a long-range penalty before the Wallaby chipped over the top for Veainu to dot down.

Leicester’s second successive bonus point victory was sealed by late scores from Tuilagi and again Veainu.