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Leicester 62-15 Benetton Treviso

Leicester (29) 50
Tries: Crane (3), Hamilton (2), A Tuilagi, Waldrom, M Tuilagi, Mafi Con: Flood (7) Pen: Flood
Benetto Treviso (3) 15
Tries: Williams, Sgarbi Con: Burton Drop-goal: Burton

Leicester's Jordan Crane runs in one of his three tries at Welford Road
Crane scored a hat-trick as Leicester ran riot at Welford Road

Leicester sealed their place in the last eight of the Heineken Cup after a bonus-point win over Benetton Treviso.

The Tigers now face a trip to Leinster in the quarter-finals after qualifying as one of the two best runners-up.

Two first-half tries from Jordan Crane and one apiece from Scott Hamilton and Alesana Tuilagi sealed the bonus point.

Crane got his hat-trick after the break and Thomas Waldrom added a sixth before two Treviso tries, but Hamilton, Manu Tuilagi and Steve Mafi crossed late on.

It was not enough to overhaul Perpignan as the French side went through as group winners after they also sealed a bonus-point victory, 37-5 against the Scarlets.

Despite the heavy defeat, it was Treviso who got the first points of the game with Kristopher Burton sending over an early drop-goal.


Toby Flood responded with a penalty and the first try came after intense Leicester pressure with Crane bundling over from close-range after a five-metre scrum set the platform for the Tigers' number eight.

Hamilton then grabbed Leicester's second try with a fine solo effort, taking the ball from Crane's offload before arcing round the Treviso defence and touching down in the corner.

Soon after, Crane got his second of the game, with another Leicester scrum and drive taking the number eight to the line.

And Alesana Tuilagi secured the bonus point before half-time, a flowing Leicester break from half-way ending with the powerful wing smashing through a couple of tackles to score in the corner.

Crane got his hat-trick just a couple of minutes into the second half with the number eight breaking off the back of a driving maul for Leicester's fifth try.

Flanker Waldrom then charged through and over to finish off Flood's break with the outside-half kicking his fifth conversion of the game.

But Treviso responded with their first try of the game when full-back Brendan Williams finished off his own break and Burton added the two points.

Replacement Alberto Sgarbi then juggled with the ball before getting it under control to touch down in the corner as Treviso reduced the deficit to 43-15.

But a second try for Hamilton and late efforts from Manu Tuilagi and Mafi ensured Leicester had the final say.

Leicester coach Richard Cockerill on the quarter-final options:
"They are difficult places, wherever we end up going.

"The home side will be favourites to win, but on our day we are as good as any of those teams.

"The lads stuck to their task today, it was just a shame the Scarlets could not do us a favour in Perpignan, but that's life."

Hat-trick hero Jordan Crane:
"The way we have played in the Premiership, we are good enough to go anywhere and beat anyone.

"I don't think too many teams would want to be drawn against us.

"That was my first hat-trick for Leicester. I was pleased to get over the line.

"We got in the ascendancy, and we really turned the screw in the first half, but after the draw at home against Perpignan last month, we thought (the quarter-finals) would turn out that way."

Leicester: Hamilton; Smith, M Tuilagi, Allen, A Tuilagi; Flood, Youngs; Ayerza, Chuter, Cole, Deacon, Skivington, Waldrom, Newby, Crane.

Replacements: Agulla for A Tuilagi (53), Grindal for Youngs (73), Stankovich for or Ayerza (58), Hawkins for Chuter (50), Castrogiovanni for Cole (73), Slater for Deacon (40), Mafi for Crane (63).

Not used: Staunton.

Sin bin: Slater (55).

Treviso: Williams; Nitoglia, Galon, Garcia, Maddock; Burton, Semenzato; Rizzo, Ghiraldini, Cittadini, Pavanello, Van Zyl, Vermaak, Bernabo, Derbyshire.

Replacements: Sbaraglini, Fernandez Rouyet, Di Santo, Pavanello, Zanni, Sgarbi, Botes, Benvenuti.

Sin bin: Cittadini (15), Pavanello (71)

Att: 17,601

Ref: R Poite (Fr)

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