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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 2
- 21st Oct 2012
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Welford Road
- Att: 20,224
Leicester v Ospreys - Live
Full time LEICESTER 39-22 OSPREYS
80 Flood just misses the conversion, but it doesn't matter. This has been an excellent turnaround by Leicester after a wretched start, and they take full points.
80 TRY, LEICESTER, TUILAGI. 39-22. Brilliant stuff from Leicester, who are not to be denied here. Tuilagi's excellent offload is well held by Mafi, who is brought to ground a couple of feet short of the tryline. Tuilagi is ever the opportunist though, and he picks up and dives over in the corner.
78 The conversion was from the left-hand touchline, and Flood missed, but Leicester come forward again now in search of the bonus point. They end up with Mafi being taken into touch on the left.
76 TRY, LEICESTER, YOUNGS. 34-22. That's counter-attacking for you. Ospreys were driving the ball up through their forwards, but let the ball loose on Leicester's 22-yard line. A kick upfield had an awkward bounce, which Steve Mafi preyed upon before offloading to Youngs, who gets a deserved try.
74 PENALTY, OSPREYS, PENALTY. 29-22. Nope, it's not over yet - Biggar lands a penalty from the ten-yard line, and Ospreys are back in striking distance.
72 CONVERSION, LEICESTER, FLOOD. 29-19. Flood adds the extras, and the points should be safe for Leicester now.
71 TRY, LEICESTER, FLOOD. 27-19. Is that the telling blow? Flood intercepts five yards inside his own half and runs all the way to score. Easily read, and great pace to get to the tryline.
70 Flood's first miss of the day is a relief to the visitors, as the penalty attempt flies to the right.
69 Ospreys come forward, but knock-on just inside Leicester half. Then something is said to the referee, and so the Tigers have another penalty. This one's on a bit of an angle but a couple of metres closer for Flood
67 PENALTY, LEICESTER, FLOOD. 22-19. Leicester have the lead again after another superb connection by Flood.
66 Leicester respond well though, and end up winning a penalty five yards inside their own half. In fact make that seven, and Flood is going to have a crack.
64 Leicester look lively as they try to hit back, but after a number of phases, a loose ball is preyed upon by Duncan Jones and Osprey have the turnover. Biggar kicks 50 yards to find touch just inside the Leicester 22, so the pressure is back on the hosts.
62 PENALTY, OSPREYS, BIGGAR. 19-19. Easy enough for Biggar, so we're level once again. All set for a tense finale.
61 And that scrums creates a penalty, so Ospreys are having a good spell and have a chance to level.
60 So despite their struggles in the scrum, Ospreys are doing enough when they have the ball to keep themselves in touch. They go through 14 phases without making a great deal of ground here, before Biggar launches the high one. A Leicester knock-on means Ospreys have a scrum 30 yards from the Leicester line.
58 PENALTY, OSPREYS, BIGGAR. 19-16. Ospreys win a penalty, which Biggar kicks over to cut the gap to three.
56 That scrum turns into an Ospreys penalty, and Biggar hoofs it just short of the 22 in Leicester territory.
56 Ospreys win the line-out scrappily, but just as they look to be in trouble they earn a penalty for offside. Biggar clears well, and after the line-out Leicester knock on so Ospreys will have a scrum in their own half.
54 Superb from Ben Youngs, who spots an empty area behind Ospreys' left wing and kicks in behind. Ospreys are turned, and now have a line-out in their own 22.
52 PENALTY, LEICESTER, FLOOD. 19-13. Ospreys carry the ball up into Leicester territory, but then fail to support the ball carrier and give away a penalty. Complaints result in the referee taking the penalty 10 metres up, which gives Flood an opportunity from two metres inside his own half. He strikes it brilliantly, and the ball sails over.
50 PENALTY, LEICESTER, FLOOD. 16-13. Straight down the middle, and Leicester are in front for the first time in the match.
49 Another scrum results in a Leicester penalty - a familiar theme from the first half - and Flood will have a shot from 42 metres out.
47 From a Leicester line-out 10 yards in their own half, Ben Youngs throws the dummy and cuts straight through a huge gap in the Ospreys defence. He gets to 10 yards from the tryline before he has to offload, but he can't find a teammate and Walker's right hand saves the day.
45 PENALTY, LEICESTER, FLOOD. 13-13. Flood knocks over an easy one, and the ding-dong battle continues.
44 Leicester have a chance to hit back immediately after Adam Jones breaks the Ospreys line, and the visitors infringe at the ruck. Penalty 22 yards out.
42 PENALTY, OSPREYS, BIGGAR. 10-13. Ospreys win a penalty for obstruction 10 yards into Leicester territory - a slightly harsh call in truth - and Biggar slots the points.
41 Flood gets us back underway with a kick deep into Ospreys territory.
Half time LEICESTER 10-10 OSPREYS
40 Leicester try and make something of a scrum on halfway, but a forward pass brings half time. Great first 40 minutes of rugby, with Leicester working their way into the game after a horribly slow start.
39 The forwards set up on the Leicester 22, and the ball goes back for Biggar, but his drop goal attempt is dragged to the right.
38 Ospreys have a chance to hit back before half-time, and they drive the ball up through their forwards.
36 Leicester elected to kick for touch rather than poles, but the line-out resulted in them giving away a penalty so Ospreys have some respite.
35 YELLOW CARD, OSPREYS, BEVINGTON. Dan Cole has been making life extremely difficult for Ryan Bevington over the last 20 minutes, winning a couple of penalties, and now Bevington is sent to the bin for repeated infringements in the scrum.
34 CONVERSION, LEICESTER, FLOOD. 10-10. Flood levels us up with six minutes to go to the break.
32 TRY, LEICESTER, TUILAGI. 8-10. Leicester's forwards are imposing themselves on their opposition, and it's changed the direction of traffic in the last 15 minutes. It sets up a wonderful try here, with the ball inside allowing Goneva to break the Ospreys line, before the ball was offloaded left and then right, where Tuilagi was on hand to finish it off. Superb move.
30 Youngs claims the kick off, and boots the ball out for a line-out well into Ospreys territory, from which Leicester win a scrum. Youngs looks to be finding some form here.
29 PENALTY, LEICESTER, FLOOD. 3-10. Flood knocks it over from the 22-yard line, and the Tigers are on the board.
27 The line-out doesn't work out, but Ospreys are penalised in the resulting scrum and this time Leicester will kick for poles.
25 Geoff Parling carries the ball up for Leicester, before the ball is knocked on by an Ospreys player as Parling is trying to pass it. From the scrum Leicester win a penalty, from which they set up a line-out 10 metres out from the Ospreys line.
22 Biggar's clearance misses touch, and Vereniki Goneva carries the ball up before Leicester win a throw 25 yards out. The forwards march it up before a clever Youngs break looks to set the Tigers on their way. However a lack of support for the ball carrier allows Ospreys to steal the ball five yards out and clear.
20 Leicester claim the line-out and drive the ball up through their forwards. Then they spread it wide and Anthony Allen comes close, before a knock results in an Ospreys scrum fives yards from their own line.
18 Clever fetching wins the Ospreys a penalty, and they earn a line-out just outside the Leicester 22. They make a hash of it, and Leicester drive up to earn a penalty, which is kicked into touch in Ospreys territory.
16 Leicester steal the throw, and an infringement at a ruck gifts them a penalty. Flood bangs it up to the ten-yard line in Ospreys territory for a line-out.
15 Flood's crossfield kick for Niall Morris sails straight into touch, so Ospreys have a line-out 25 yards from the Leicester line.
13 PENALTY, OSPREYS, BIGGAR. 0-10. With a slight breeze at his back, Biggar nails it and the Ospreys extend their lead.
12 A couple of scrum resets and a chat between the ref and the two front rows later, Ospreys get the penalty and Biggar is going to have a shot at goal from halfway.
10 That scrum turns into a penalty for the Tigers, which they kick just short of ten yards in their own half. They run it up to halfway before Ospreys get their hands on the ball, but a knock-on means that Leicester now have a scrum right on halfway, in the centre of the field.
8 This is a tremendously open game, especially now as both sides take to the boot. The game goes from one end to the other, and at the end of the sequence Leicester have a put-in at a scrum in their own 22.
7 This time Leicester have a solid scrum, and Flood's clearance is excellent. Ospreys will have a throw-in midway into their own half.
5 Ospreys are all over the Tigers again, and they get over the gainline continually until Richard Fussell cuts through the Leicester line. He's brought down by his opposite number and Leicester turn the ball over, but Toby Flood's clearance kick is made under pressure. He'll have another chance as the referee was playing advantage for a knock-on.
3 CONVERSION, OSPREYS, BIGGAR. 0-7. Dan Biggar adds the extras from about 10 yards inside the right-hand touchline, and Ospreys have a good lead already.
2 TRY, OSPREYS, R. JONES. 0-5. So that didn't take long. The visitors swung it out to the right, made a fair bit of ground, came back through the centre, made some more territory, and then Ryan Jones finished the move ever so easily. That's very ordinary defence by Leicester.
1 The kick is long, and Leicester set up a ruck before Ben Youngs clears with the kick. It's not out, and so Ospreys build an attack.
All set A good crowd in as you'd expect, and it's Ospreys who get us underway.
Team news Both teams are unchanged from last week - not often you hear that - so the only tweak to the Tigers squad is on the bench where lock Louis Deacon has recovered from hamstring and shoulder injuries to take over from Ed Slater.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Leicester v Ospreys at Welford Road, where the Tigers are looking to bounce back from an opening-round defeat to Toulouse. They've got their work cut out for them, because Ospreys are in pretty decent form and knocked off Treviso 38-17 last week.
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