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Last Updated: Saturday, 13 January 2007, 16:47 GMT
Leicester 34-0 Blues
Seru Rabeni of Leicester Tigers is tackled by Cardiff Blues' Rhys Shellard
Leicester's Seru Rabeni charges towards the Blues defence

Leicester: (24) 34
Tries: Tuilagi, Hipkiss, Gibson, Rabeni, Moody, Corry
Cons: Humphreys (2)

Cardiff Blues: (0) 0

Leicester went top of Heineken Cup Pool Four after a six-try demolition of the Blues gave them a bonus-point victory.

With Munster playing on Sunday, the Tigers took their chance to exert some pressure on the reigning champions with a relentless first-half display.

Tries from Alesana Tuilagi, Danny Hipkiss, Daryl Gibson and Seru Rabeni, with two Ian Humphreys conversions, put Leicester 24-0 up at the interval.

Lewis Moody and Martin Corry completed the rout with second-half touchdowns.

Leicester's victory sets up a mouth-watering pool decider at Thomond Park next Saturday, where Munster have never lost in the Heineken Cup.

The Tigers went into the match without injured fly-halves Andy Goode (hamstring) and Paul Burke (knee), so Ian Humphreys - younger brother of Ulster star David - made his tournament debut.

Cardiff Blues, already out of quarter-final contention, were rocked by a stunning Leicester start which saw them score two tries during the opening five minutes.

Some excellent Humphreys approach work created panic in Blues' defence, and full-back Geordan Murphy's exquisite inside pass sent powerful wing Tuilagi crashing over.

Humphreys converted, but the Blues found themselves in further disarray from the restart after they failed to gather a loose ball.

Hipkiss raced 50 metres unopposed, and Gibson squeezed over for their third try after 11 minutes.

The bonus-point try arrived nine minutes before half-time as relentless work by the Tigers forwards pinned the Blues deep inside their own 22.

Humphreys' pass saw Rabeni power through on an unstoppable angle before the fly-half's conversion made the game safe at 24-0.

The Blues tried to produce some threatening passages of play after the break, but lock Scott Morgan's 61st-minute yellow card for stamping negated any serious fightback hopes.

And Morgan's temporary exit provided an inevitable cue for the Leicester pack to move up a gear, with Moody adding a fifth Leicester try following an immense forward drive.

Corry delivered the final blow seven minutes from time to compound the Blues' misery.


  • Leicester head coach Pat Howard:
    "We are not going to Limerick to make up the numbers.

    "We respect Munster. Welford Road is a bit of a fortress, and Thomond Park is a fortress, and we are very much looking forward to it.

    "There is plenty to play for next Saturday. They have got a good team, and so have we, and while all the statistics are against us, we believe we can go there and ask some questions."

  • Cardiff coach David Young:
    "We did not help ourselves in the first 20 minutes.

    "We conceded four tries in the first half - three of those were from turnover ball - and you cannot give Leicester that type of start.

    "I thought the players stood up well after that, I am sure they will learn from the experience, but I thought Leicester were very strong in most areas of the field.

    "Leicester did a very professional job, and we weren't good enough."


  • Leicester: G Murphy; S Rabeni, D Hipkiss, D Gibson, A Tuilagi; I Humphreys, H Ellis; M Ayerza, G Chuter, M Castrogiovanni, L Cullen, L Deacon, S Jennings, L Moody, M Corry (capt).
    Replacements: J Buckland, J White, B Kay, J Crane, F Murphy, O Smith, S Vesty.

    Blues: B Blair; T James, J Robinson, M Stcherbina, C Czekaj; N Robinson, M Phillips; G Jenkins, D Goodfield, G Powell, D Jones, S Morgan, B White, R Shellard, X Rush (capt).
    Replacements: T Filise, G Williams, J Down, A Powell, E Fairhurst, M Luveitasau, N Macleod.

    Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)



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