Leicester Tigers scored ten tries as they defeated Rugby Calvisano 62-10 in the final round of the Heineken Cup Pool stage.

Victory against the Italians looked a formality when Geordan Murphy and Alex Tuilagi went over early until the hosts briefly resisted when wing Ludovico Nitoglia scrambled over to narrow the gap to 14-10.

But hooker George Chuter, called up to England’s Six Nations training squad this week, made sure normal service was resumed by touching down before Tuilagi rounded the home defence again – this time securing the bonus point.

Another England hopeful, Harry Ellis, went over before the flood-gates opened in the second-half. Chuter and Murphy both grabbed a second, Andy Goode, who kicked six conversions, crossed twice while Julian White capped the rout in the final minute.

Geordan Murphey scored an impressive hat-trick as his side wracked up one of their biggest wins in the competition this season.

Yet it proved in vein as Leicester’s hopes of making the quarter-finals were all but sunk in the south of France where Wasps failed to beat pool leaders Biarritz.

They now need Edinburgh and Newport-Gwent Dragons to beat Perpignan and Newcastle in Sunday’s final round of games to scrape through as best runners-up.