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Leicester aim to strengthen Pool leadership

Thursday 12th December 2019

9:50 am (GMT)

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Leicester aim to strengthen Pool leadership

Leicester Tigers fly-half George Ford

Leicester Tigers, three points clear at the top of Pool 5 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, will have high hopes of consolidating that position in Round 4 at Rugby Calvisano on Saturday.

The English club have won their last seven meetings with Calvisano, including last week’s 59-7 victory at Welford Road.

Key facts

  • Leicester are one of just three clubs to have won all three of their Challenge Cup ties this season, their debut campaign in the competition.
  • Calvisano have won only one match against English Premiership opposition in the Challenge Cup.
  • Calvisano are one of just six teams with a 100 per cent success rate on their own scrum put-in.


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Leicester hold on for tough victory at Calvisano

Saturday 14th December 2019

4:08 pm (GMT)

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Leicester hold on for tough victory at Calvisano

Leicester Tigers were made to sweat for their fourth successive victory in European Challenge Cup Pool 5 as winless Rugby Calvisano secured an unexpected losing bonus point.

Freddie Steward scored a try in the very first minute for the Tigers after capitalising on a defensive error. In doing so, he became, at 18, the club’s third youngest European try scorer after Ollie Smith and George Ford.

But the visitors couldn’t quite kick on from there in wintry conditions. Paolo Pescetto slotted a penalty for Calvisano before Tom Hardwick did likewise on 36 minutes to make it a slender 8-3 to the visitors at the break.

Prop Greg Bateman made his return from injury off the bench for Tigers but was almost immediately sin-binned. Davide Zanetti then saw red for Calvisano after an incident at the ruck on the hour mark.

Andy Forsyth looked to have settled matters with a try a minute later but the conversion was missed and another Pescetto penalty kept the pot boiling at 13-6.

Nephi Leatigaga barrelled over from close range for his first Tigers try with five minutes left, with Hardwick converting, but Calvisano grabbed a last-minute bonus point through a Anibal Panceyra-Garrido try, despite being down to 13 men at the time due to Tomas Lavanini’s yellow card.



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