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Sunday, 7 October, 2001, 14:47 GMT 15:47 UK
Lacklustre Tigers overcome Italians
Freddie Tuilagi is held up by the Calvisano defence
Tuilagi scored Leicester's first of five tries
Calvisano 3-37 Leicester

Leicester chalked up an expected away win against Heineken Cup minnows Calvisano but it was a victory that failed to impress coach Dean Richards.

Richards accused his side of a lacklustre performance against a side who had not played at this level for three years.

The Tigers have made a good start to the defence of the trophy they won last year with victory in their first two games.

Dean Richards
Richards not happy with unforced errors
But Director of Rugby Richards was less than pleased with their latest match.

"I said before we came here that we were looking for a good performance and I think when we reflect on this over the next few days we will be disappointed," he said.

"We missed a lot of opportunities and made a lot of unforced errors and did not play to our capabilities.

"I'd say it was purely down to ourselves. We knew it was always going to be slightly different because they don't defend in the way other teams defend and we did not take the game by the scruff of the neck."

The Tigers, who beat Llanelli at home last week, were expected to destroy Calvisano, formerly known as Milan.


We missed a lot of opportunities and made a lot of unforced errors
Dean Richards
But the home side, who are coached by former All Black Craig Green, were well organised and defended better than the visitors had expected.

But the class of the Tigers showed as they managed to break through for five tries.

England's Neil Back lead the way with two, while his international team mate Austin Healey also got on the score sheet together with winger Freddie Tuilagi and young scrum-half Harry Ellis.

Full-back Tim Stimpson converted three of the tries and kicked two penalties.

But it was Calvisano who opened the scoring with a sixth-minute penalty from Kelly Rolleston, who missed another two in the middle of the first half.

Leicester then took control, Stimpson's 12th minute penalty was followed by their first try in Europe this season, through Tuilagi.

Stimpson added the conversion and then kicked a penalty before Ellis ran in for the second try following a line-out seven minutes from the break.

Back scored two from line-outs and drives in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, and near the end Healey - who had replaced the injured Ellis - scored the best try of the match from 50 yards out.

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