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Leicester 29-19 Northampton

Leicester (9) 29
Tries: Murphy, Hipkiss, Flood Cons: Flood Pens: Flood 4

Northampton (16) 19
Try: Murray Pens: Myler 4


Leicester's Aaron Mauger
Leicester's Aaron Mauger offloads in the tackle

Two late tries lifted Leicester to a hard-fought Guinness Premiership victory over East Midlands rivals Northampton at Welford Road.

Northampton prop Euan Murray scored the only try of the first half and the visitors led 16-9 at the break.

Johne Murphy crossed for the hosts on 56 minutes, but Stephen Myler reclaimed the lead for Saints with a penalty.

However, Dan Hipkiss and Toby Flood both touched down for the Tigers in the final 10 minutes to seal the win.

Leicester head coach Heyneke Meyer welcomed back England internationals Harry Ellis and Hipkiss as his team looked to respond following Friday's defeat at home to Wasps.

Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder made five changes after his side's 26-12 defeat at Saracens, but it was Leicester who got off to the perfect start with Flood slotting a second-minute penalty.

Leicester's Boris Stankovich was yellow carded following a stamp on Murray on 10 minutes before Myler drew Northampton level.

Flood kicked Leicester back in front only for Northampton to reclaim the lead in the 17th minute through Murray's try.

Myler's conversion put the visitors 10-6 ahead and a 23rd-minute penalty put the Saints seven points clear.

Flood cut the lead to 13-9 before a Myler penalty put Northampton seven ahead at the break.

Leicester drew level in the 56th minute when Ellis fed Murphy to score and Flood's conversion levelled the scores.

Myler put Northampton back in front with 11 minutes left, only for Hipkiss and Flood to win it for the Tigers with two late scores.


Leicester coach Heyneke Meyer:
"My hair is grey after only five games, so I don't know how I will survive the season.

"There was a lot of pressure on the players after the defeat to Wasps and they showed a lot of character.

"I'm very proud of the guys. They played great rugby in the first half, but we didn't execute. I thought if we kept pressuring them in the second half, the tries would come and that's how it turned out.

"I knew we had to keep playing direct and positive in the second half (and) I thought Hipkiss' experience made a big difference."

Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder:
"We panicked a bit near the end. We need to look after the ball better in the second half.

"I'm really proud of the lads and it's a shame we could not get something out of the game. We have to start taking points away from home."


Leicester: G Murphy, J Murphy, Hipkiss, Mauger, Smith, Flood, Ellis, Stankovich, Kayser, White, Corry, Wentzel, Croft, Herring, Crane.
Replacements: Dupuy for Ellis (65), Ayerza for Stankovich (49), Chuter for Kayser (57), Kay for Wentzel (57), Woods for Herring (19).

Not Used: T Youngs, Varndell.

Sin Bin: Stankovich (9).

Northampton: Myler, Ashton, Ansbro, Mayor, Reihana, Spencer, Foden, Smith, Hartley, Murray, Lord, Day, Hopley, S Gray, Wilson.
Replacements: Dickson for Foden (78), Tonga'uiha for Smith (60), Rae for Lord (69).

Not Used: Shields, Lewitt, Mordt, Lamont.

Att: 17,498

Ref: Chris White (RFU).


see also
Saracens 26-12 Northampton
27 Sep 08 |  English
Leicester 19-28 Wasps
26 Sep 08 |  English


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