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Leicester v Northampton - Live
Full-time Leicester Tigers 16 Northampton Saints 12
80 Leicester looking to deny Northampton the bonus point, but the ball goes into touch and the Tigers take a gritty, frustrating victory. No real sparkle but concerns over George Ford's kicking. One for the forwards.
79 Ugly kick from Saints substitute Luther Burrell gives Leicester a lineout deep in the Northampton half. That could be the game.
77 Northampton's maul comes to a halt inside the Leicester half and it's a scrum to the hosts. Two minutes left.
76 SIN-BIN, NORTHAMPTON, LAMB! Garner concludes that Lamb's action was a professional foul and Northampton will see this one out with 14 men. Atmosphere building.
76 Tom May threads a smart kick into the corner but time is off - Greg Garner going back to see if a Leicester player was taken out illegally on a box kick. Allen clearly blocked by Lamb, penalty to Leicester.
75 Another Northampton penalty gets them out of trouble, Leicester not doing enough to stay on their feet at the breakdown. Chance for the visitors with a lineout outside the Leicester 22.
74 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, LAMB! 16-12. The gap closes to just four points as Lamb sends the ball through the uprights. Tense finish ahead.
73 Northampton back down in Leicester's 22 and their maul burrows into the danger zone. Penalty given against the Tigers.
71 Chance for Saints but Mafi steals the lineout and then gets taken out in the air. Chance for Northampton goes begging.
69 Goneva on a slant cuts through the defence and the Tigers advance once more. This time it's Northampton who win the penalty however, Leicester off their feet at the breakdown.
65 Ford gets another shot at goal after Artemyev offends and once again he misses. Rough afternoon off the tee.
64 Another shot at goal for the Tigers and Ford is wide once more, keeping Northampton in the game.
62 Driving maul from the Tigers deep in the Northampton 22 and this looks very threatening. Ayerza keeps the ball at the back but Leicester go down three metres out. The ball is lost however and Northampton clear their lines.
60 Paul Doran Jones on for Mujati, Northampton looking to shore up the scrum. Penalty count rising for the visitors and it is starting to cost them dearly.
59 Castrogiovanni now firmly on top at the scrum, winning yet another penalty as Leicester kick deep.
58 Burst down the left flank from Tonga'uhia who offloads well to Roberts. Phases from Northampton before substitute Vasily Artemyev is bundled out into touch.
56 Game beginning to open up as Leicester attack from within their own half. Tonga'uhia runs around to steal the ball from the Leicester ruck and Saints, loosely, try to make their way forward before losing possession.
54 PENALTY, LEICESTER, FORD! 16-9. Ford converts the resulting penalty to move to 4/7 on the day. Leicester stretching the gap.
54 Mike Haywood clashes into Geordan Murphy in the air and the crowd are furious. Murphy going for an up and under but Haywood had committed and bundles into the Leicester captain. Incident refereed to the TMO and Leicester are given the penalty.
53 Ford chips a kick behind the Northampton defence and Ken Pisi is forced to hurry back to avoid the score. He beats Goneva to the ball and Northampton clear.
51 George Pisi on the charge as Northampton drive ahead, struggling to pick apart Leicester's defence though and Lamb kicks tamely away. Goneva with the mark and Ford with the clearance.
49 Breakdown now a penalty lottery as Leicester benefit from Greg Garner's interpretation. Salvi once more a threat.
47 Another Northampton penalty for a Tigers offence at the breakdown, Steve Mafi this time the offender. He shields the sun from his eyes but the ball pings back off the post.
45 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, LAMB! 13-9. No problem for Lamb and Saints come back within seven points. Good start to the half.
43 Northampton looking to punch back just outside Leicester's 22. Lamb offloads but George Ford is penalised for tackling off the ball and Lamb has a shot at the posts.
41 TRY, LEICESTER, SMITH! 13-6. Goneva makes an impact, bursting through a half gap and offloads to Matt Smith on his inside for the score. Bright start from the Tigers.
40 Ford gets us going once again in the second half.
Half-time Leicester Tigers 6 Northampton Saints 6
40 PENALTY, LEICESTER, FORD! 6-6. Tigers level things up before the interval after good pressure. A tough first half with punishing defence from both teams but a lack of accuracy in key areas is causing frustration. More to come.
40 Steve Mafi runs onto the switch pass from Youngs and Leicester press, surging into Northampton's 22. Tigers building the phases and win the penalty after Dom Waldouck fails to roll away. He clutches his shoulder and looks in some discomfort.
39 Northampton's GJ Van Velze catches the ball quite clearly in an offside position, but is let off the hook as Greg Garner rules it was accidental. Tigers win the penalty at the scrum, another one for Castrogiovanni.
38 Saints winger Jamie Elliott does well to slip through three of four tackles down the left touchline. The ball comes right but George Pisi's decision to kick is a late one and Anthony Allen forces the knock on.
36 Leicester lineout in their own 22 and Kitchener rises to claim it. Youngs box kick gains plenty of ground to set up a platform in Northampton's half.
34 Plenty of treatment for Louis Deacon and he is forced to give way, Ed Slater on as his replacement.
32 Pressure from Saints and they steal Leicester's lineout right by the Tigers line. Lamb attempts a drop goal and he turns away in disgust as it sails wide.
30 Castrogiovanni now with a poach at the Northampton lineout, but it comes to no effect. In fairness, a good summary of the match - flashes of brilliance but overall too much inconsistency.
28 Castrogiovanni battles back against Tonga'uhia to win a penalty at the scrum, and some backchat results in Leicester moving 10 metres forward. Ford misses his kick to touch - Northampton let off the hook.
27 Not a great 40 minutes so far for Ford, who knocks on without much pressure. A reassuring pat from captain Murphy but Northampton have the scrum.
25 Ford is wide once more with the boot, leaving his kicking stats at 1/4 for the day. Struggling to judge the wind.
23 Leicester prowling near the Northampton line, but Tom May strips the ball from Graham Kitchener and the Saints clear. Penalty to the Tigers though as Northampton slow the ball down about 40 metres out.
21 Drama. Niall Morris receives a great pass and chips down the left touchline. Morris is taken out after the kick but Youngs chases down the wing and the bouncing ball causes Lamb some trouble. He just about gets the ball down. 5 metre scrum to Leicester.
19 Powerful maul from Northampton down the left-hand side takes the Saints into Leicester's 22. Julian Salvi is there again at the breakdown however to win the penalty and Leicester clear their lines.
17 PENALTY, LEICESTER, FORD! 3-6. Jeers from the crowd after a suspicious tackle from George Pisi on Anthony Allen, but no penalty. Tigers do win a penalty at the breakdown however, Ford converting on the third attempt.
15 Another penalty for Ford from further out. Starts straight but swerves to the right once more. Early jitters for the 19-year old.
13 George Ford takes a late hit from Samu Manoa but gets back up to take the penalty. It's wide to the right though, keeping the Northampton lead at six points.
11 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, LAMB! 0-6. More dominance for Tonga'uhia against Castrogiovanni sees Lamb stretch the lead for the visitors. 66% possession so far for Northampton and it's paying off.
10 A rare error from Geordan Murphy as the veteran knocks on under the high ball. Northampton with the scrum just outside the Leicester 22.
9 Tonga'uhia and Brian Mujati win the first penalty at the scrum, letting Northampton clear into the Leicester half.
8 Scott Hamilton's up-and-under causes confusion in the Saints defence between Lamb and Martyn Roberts, giving Leicester a scrum just outside the 22. Ben Youngs knocks on.
6 Great work from Leicester at the re-start and the Tigers plough into Northampton's 22. Stoppage in play as Soane Tonga'uhia receives some treatment.
4 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON, LAMB! 0-3. Richard Thorpe penalised for not rolling away and Lamb slots the penalty from just outside the 22.
2 Early territory for Northampton sees Ryan Lamb pin Leicester back into their 22 with the boot.
Kick-off Both teams are out and we're ready to get underway! Plenty of spice in this one. Ryan Lamb gets things started.
Weather It's a crisp afternoon in Leicester with the sun shining over Welford Road, meaning conditions are pretty much perfect. 7°Celcius with a tricky easterly wind.
Team News Calum Clark will start for Northampton Saints for the first time since he was given a 32-week ban for hyper-extending the arm of Leicester hooker Rob Hawkins. Tom May is at full-back whilst Ryan Lamb wears the 10 shirt. Phil Dowson captains the side after being released by England earlier in the week.
Teams News Leicester hand a rare start to George Ford, with the 19-year old partnering Ben Youngs at half-back. Anthony Allen plays after being released by England, whilst Richard Thorpe is at number eight. Geordan Murphy captains the side.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Welford Road for the East Midlands derby between Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints.
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