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Leicester 46-16 Saracens

Leicester (22) 46
Tries: Deacon, Hamilton 2, Hipkiss, Penalty, Varndell Cons: Dupuy, Vesty 2, Hougaard 2 Pens: Dupuy, Hougaard

Saracens (10) 16
Try: Wyles Con: Jackson Pens: Jackson 2 Drop: Marshall

Leicester v Saracens

Leicester went to the top of the Guinness Premiership as they ran in six tries against Saracens at Welford Road.

Full-back Scott Hamilton claimed two tries as the Tigers earned their fifth straight league win under acting head coach Richard Cockerill.

Chris Wyles replied to Louis Deacon's opener for Leicester, but Hamilton and Dan Hipkiss scored before the break.

Hamilton's second ensured the bonus point and a penalty try and one from Tom Varndell rounded off the scoring.

Leicester acting head coach Richard Cockerill:

"We have got some young lads out there - Ben Pienaar, Dan Hemingway and Calum Green - who could have been playing for the academy today.

"I'm very happy with the squad we have got and the effort we put in. It's a good win for us and keeps our momentum going.

"It just shows that if you believe in the people you are picking, you work hard with them and you don't worry about their inexperience then they will 'front up' and play. I'm delighted for them."

Saracens' coaching co-ordinator Richard Graham:

"We were no different to Leicester, who were without 16 or 17 players. At this stage of the season, everyone goes through it.

"We conceded 26 points in the last five minutes of the first half and the last five minutes of the second half.

"We also slipped off too many tackles and turned over set-piece possession. When that happens you are not going to win games."

Leicester: Hamilton; J Murphy, Hipkiss, Mauger, Tuilagi; Vesty, Dupuy; Ayerza, Chuter, Cole, L Deacon, Kay, Woods, Herring, Pienaar.
Replacements: Varndell for Hipkiss (66), Hougaard for Mauger (70), Youngs for Dupuy (18), Stankovich for Ayerza (65), Davies for Chuter (61), Green for L Deacon (70), Hemingway for Herring (18).

Saracens: Wyles; Haughton, Powell, Jacobs, Penney; Jackson, Marshall; Mercey, Walker, Visagie, Ryder, Vyvyan, van Heerden, Seymour, Skirving.
Replacements: Ross for Jackson (63), Wilson for Marshall (76), Kyriacou for Walker (54), Chesney for Vyvyan (54).
Not Used: Mitchell, Barrell, Thrower.

Att: 16,328

Ref: David Rose (RFU).

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