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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 April 2005, 16:30 GMT 17:30 UK
Leicester 45-10 Wasps
MATCH DETAILS
Martin Johnson says goodbye to the Welford Road crowd
Leicester 45 (23)
Tries: Ellis, Gibson, Murphy, Back, Hipkiss
Cons: Goode 4
Pens: Goode 3
Drop Goals: Goode
Wasps 10 (3)
Try: Voyce
Con: Van Gisbergen
Pen: Van Gisbergen
Att: 16,815
Leicester secured a spot in the Premiership final with a resounding victory over nearest rivals Wasps.

In a fitting Welford Road farewell for Martin Johnson and Neil Back, Tigers scored five tries and Andy Goode put in a 20-point performance.

Harry Ellis started the rout in the 23rd minute with a spurt of pace from just past the half-way line, and Back scored his 125th try for his club.

Wasps' only try came in the dying minutes, courtesy of winger Tom Voyce.

Goode converted four of the five tries, landed three out of four penalties and also kicked a drop goal on the stroke of half-time.

Johnson and Back got a standing ovation afterwards and former England skipper Johnson said: "I'm totally overwhelmed by today."

If you could write scripts you would have written that one
John Wells
Leicester head coach

"It has been a brilliant 16 years here and I couldn't have wished for anything more.

"I would like to thank the players I've played with over the years and you supporters as well," he told the crowd.

Head coach John Wells said: "If you could write scripts you would have written that one."

The celebrations turned sour, though, for flanker Henry Tuilagi, who suffered a suspected broken leg when Voyce hauled him down short of the try line.

We can't take anything away from their performance
Warren Gatland
Wasps director of rugby

Wasps director of rugby Warren Gatland described the loss as "a bad day at the office".

Wasps, champions for the last two years via the semi-final play-off route, will now have to go that way again to clinch a hat-trick of titles.

"We can't take anything away from their performance," Gatland added.

"We have Sale at home in the semi-final and we have the chance to redeem ourselves. There are certainly things to work on."


Leicester: Vesty; Murphy, Smith, Gibson, Healey; Goode, Ellis; Morris, Chuter, White; M Johnson, Kay; H Tuilagi, Back, L Deacon.
Replacements: Bemand for Murphy (69), Hipkiss for Smith (66), A. Tuilagi for Healey (60), Holford for Morris (60), Buckland for Chuter (60), B. Deacon for Kay (79), W. Johnson for H. Tuilagi (30).
Sin Bin: Buckland (66).

Wasps: Van Gisbergen; Sackey, Erinle, Lewsey, Voyce; King, Dawson; Payne, Greening, Green; Shaw, Birkett; Worsley, Rees, Dallaglio.
Replacements: Brooks for King (54), Leota for Greening (58), Purdy for Birkett (54), Hart for Worsley (58). Not Used: Mackenzie, Fury, Mbu.

Referee: T Spreadbury (England).




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Zurich Premiership table
Saturday 14 May
    P PD PTS
1 Leicester 22 342 78
2 Wasps 22 119 73
3 Sale 22 71 60
4 Bath 22 41 58
5 Saracens 22 -44 57
6 Gloucester 22 -80 47
7 Newcastle 22 -121 47
8 Leeds 22 -51 43
9 Worcester 22 -128 42
10 London Irish 22 -43 40
11 Northampton 22 -63 40
12 Harlequins 22 -43 38


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