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Last Updated: Saturday, 17 November 2007, 16:48 GMT
Leicester 39-0 Edinburgh
Andy Goode in action
Andy Goode is the competition's leading points scorer
Leicester (27) 39
Tries: Goode, Varndell, Murphy, Penalty, Corry
Cons: Goode (4)
Pens: Goode (2)

Edinburgh (0) 0

Leicester treated new coach Marcelo Loffreda to a perfect home debut thanks to a five-try rout against Edinburgh in the Heineken Cup at Welford Road.

Andy Goode touched down for the first of his 19 points on five minutes before Tom Varndell's try 10 minutes later.

A Geordan Murphy score extended the lead just before half-time and the Tigers secured a bonus point with a penalty try just after the interval.

Martin Corry added a late try in injury time on his 250th club appearance.

The victory gave the Tigers a much-needed confidence boost after their 22-9 defeat at Leinster the previous Saturday.

Loffreda was boosted by the return of England backs Dan Hipkiss and Varndell, along with second row Marco Wentzel and tight-head prop Martin Castrogiovanni.

606: DEBATE

Goode was at the heart of Leicester's best moves and the fly-half became the club's all-time leading competition point scorer with a penalty on eight minutes, overtaking Tim Stimpson's previous mark of 358 points.

And there were more landmarks to follow when Murphy's touch down saw him equal Leon Lloyd's club record of 19 tries in European rugby.

Things went from bad to worse for Andy Robinson's Edinburgh side when lock Craig Hamilton was shown the yellow card on 50 minutes for pulling down in the line-out.

And the forward was soon joined by prop Allan Jacobsen, making his record 43rd appearance in the competition for Edinburgh, in the sin-bin three minutes later.

And Corry's late try made it an afternoon to forget for former England coach Robinson.


  • Leicester coach Marcelo Loffreda:

    "It was very important for us to win and we played a much more intelligent game.

    "We played practically and a lot better in defence. They are the two things we have been working on.

    "After 60 minutes I think we lost a bit of consistency. We could have been more dominant, but there were changes and that contributed to the loss of momentum."

  • Edinburgh coach Andy Robinson:

    "We were bullied the whole game and I thought the referee got bullied as well.

    "I didn't think we were allowed to scrummage the way we did last week when we put Toulouse under pressure.

    "Jacobson had a storming game last week and was sin-binned today. It's all about interpretation.

    "We knew the backlash was coming and we couldn't withstand it well enough in the first 20 minutes. You have to start well here.

    "We knew what was coming and fair play to Leicester because there was instant pressure for us every time we had the ball."


    Leicester: G. Murphy, Varndell, O. Smith, Hipkiss, Tuilagi, Goode, F. Murphy, Ayerza, Kayser, Castrogiovanni, L. Deacon, Wentzel, Corry, Moody, Crane.
    Replacements: J. Murphy for O. Smith (62), B. Youngs for F. Murphy (66), Davies for Kayser (73), White for Castrogiovanni (45), Hamilton for L. Deacon (58), Abraham for Moody (73).

    Edinburgh: Southwell, A. Turnbull, Cairns, De Luca, Houston, D. Blair, M. Blair, Jacobsen, Ford, Kerr, Hamilton, Gissing, S. Cross, Hogg, Callam.
    Replacements: Godman for D. Blair (41), Meyer for M. Blair (69), Kelly for Ford (46), Smith for Kerr (46), Rennie for S. Cross (46).

    Sin Bin: Hamilton (50), Jacobsen (53).

    Att: 15,865

    Ref: Romain Poite (France).



  • SEE ALSO
    Leinster 22-9 Leicester
    10 Nov 07 |  Rugby Union
    Edinburgh 15-19 Toulouse
    10 Nov 07 |  Rugby Union


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