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- Aviva Premiership
- 14th Apr 2013
- KO 15:45
- Ground: Welford Road
- Att: 24,000
Aviva Premiership: Leicester Tigers swat London Wasps aside
Leicester booked their regular place in the Aviva Premiership play-offs with a comfortable 35-16 bonus-point victory over Wasps at Welford Road.
The Tigers also look set for a home semi-final after this victory took them eight points clear of third-placed Harlequins.
Leicester dominated possession and territory, winning the contact battle and cutting through Wasps with far too much ease for the visitors' liking.
Toby Flood nudged Leicester ahead with two early penalties before England scrum-half Ben Youngs sniped over from a ruck a metre out for the first try.
The second try five minutes later was a thing of far greater beauty, a sweeping handling move started by Julian Salvi finished by Graham Kitchener in the corner like an oversized winger, putting his shoulder into Christian Wade and barging over.
Tommy Bell got Wasps on the board with a penalty but the one-way traffic continued as Leicester's rolling maul from a lineout drove Rob Hawkins over for the third try.
Bell's second penalty at least kept the scoreline respectable at the interval, but the game was as good as over three minutes into the second half.
Leicester's pressure on the Wasps line was incessant, Tommy Bell was yellow-carded for a deliberate knock-on, and from the scrum in front of the posts, Jordan Crane scooped up the ball and sent Youngs in untouched for his second try.
Flood finally converted after missing his three earlier attempts and allowed himself an ironic celebration, but with the bonus point secured the celebrations in the crowd were for real.
Elliot Daly kicked Wasps' third penalty but Adam Thompstone scooted round in the corner for the fifth Leicester try just before the hour mark.
Daly produced a moment of sublime skill to finally get Wasps over the try-line, racing through a bemused Leicester defence from 20 metres out, as Leicester understandably cruised through the final quarter.
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Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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