European Rugby Champions Cup: Leicester Tigers 45-27 Scarlets

European Rugby Champions Cup: Leicester Tigers 45-27 Scarlets

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Manu Tuilagi gained 89 metres – more than any other player on the pitch
European Rugby Champions Cup
Leicester (15) 45
Tries: Wells, Thompson, Kalamafoni, Tuilagi, May Cons: Ford (4) Pens: Ford (4)
Scarlets (13) 27
Tries: G Davies, Steff Evans, Thompson Cons: Halfpenny (3) Pens: Halfpenny (3)

Leicester proved too strong for Scarlets as they raced away in the final quarter to secure a first Champions Cup win of the season.

After a tight first half, Blade Thompson punished a lax Ben Youngs kick to put Scarlets 27-25 up on the hour.

But the Tigers, who had seen leads of 10 and then 12 points slip earlier in the match, fought back.

The impressive Manu Tuilagi barged over for a try before Jonny May skipped into the corner to wrap up victory.

With fly-half George Ford kicking 20 points off the tee and for many more metres out of hand it was a pleasing way for the hosts to bounce back from their opening-round defeat by Ulster.

Scarlets, who lost to Racing 92 last weekend, found themselves under pressure at the scrum and unable to stem Leicester’s heavy-duty ball-carriers.

With one point from their opening two matches, Wayne Pivac’s side have it all to do to make the last eight.

More to follow.

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Leicester: J Holmes; J May, M Tuilagi, K Eastmond, J Olowofela; G Ford, B Youngs; G Bateman, T Youngs (capt), D Cole, H Wells, W Spencer, M Williams, G Thompson, S Kalamafoni

Replacements: T Polota-Nau, F Gigena, J Heyes, G Kitchener, T Reffell, S Harrison, M Toomua, A Thompstone

Scarlets: L Halfpenny; I Nicholas, J Davies, H Parkes, S Evans; D Jones, G Davies; W Jones, K Owens, S Lee, T Price, D Bulbring, B Thomson, J Macleod, W Boyde

Replacements:R Elias, P Price, W Kruger, J Helps, U Cassiem, S Hidalgo-Clyne, S Hughes, P Asquith

Referee: Romain Poite

Assistants: Vincent Blasco Baque, Stephane Boyer

TMO: Clare Daniels

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