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- Aviva Premiership
- 4th Nov 2006
- KO 15:00
- Ground: 'Welford Road'
- Att: 16,766
Cruise for under-strength Tigers
Leicester Tigers 40-21 Worcester Warriors, Guinness Premiership, Welford Road
Leicester made light of the absence of a host of key players as they ran in six tries to comfortably beat Worcester at Welford Road.
With six players away on England duty, the Tigers were short on experience in the pack, but it counted for little as they racked up an unassailable lead by half time.
Worcester battled hard after the break, outscoring their hosts in the second period, but the damage was already done and Leicester easily held on for a bonus-point victory.
The Tigers went into the game unbeaten in 28 home Premiership fixtures, a sequence they always looked likely to extend.
They were the first to threaten through winger Tom Varndell, who was brought down by Aisea Havili just short of the 22-metre line after being sent clear down the left by some slick handling.
Shane Drahm was off target with a drop goal attempt and a long range penalty for the visitors before Leicester made an 11th minute breakthrough.
Just moments after Varndell had failed to force his way over in the corner, Jordan Crane drove over the line from close range for his first try since his summer move from Leeds.
Paul Burke's conversion hit the woodwork but he made amends six minutes later with a penalty that put Leicester 8-0 ahead.
A second penalty from the Tigers' fly-half put them further clear in the 25th minute, before Drahm's wayward kicking continued with another failed penalty.
Brent Deacon touched down in the corner for a 31st minute try for Leicester and although Burke once again struck a post, Varndell wasted little time in scoring a third try of the afternoon, racing through unopposed after good work from Dan Hipkiss.
This time Burke was able to add the extras to give the home side a 23-0 interval lead.
Leicester secured their bonus point five minutes after the restart when Martin Castrogiovanni claimed his first try for the club and Paul Burke's conversion made it 30-0.
Worcester registered their first point in the 50th minute through a Chris Horseman try with Shane Drahm adding the conversion.
The visitors were given further hope three minutes later when Gavin Hickie was yellow carded for killing the ball and they took advantage with Simon Whatling crossing for a try in the 63rd minute to trim the deficit to 30-14.
Dan Hipkiss put the game beyond the visitors with Leicester's fifth try in the 73 minute.
Lee Best grabbed a third try for Worcester three minutes later and Drahm converted but Jennings had the final word for Leicester in the last minute.
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|19:45||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|19:45||Northampton vs Exeter|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|17:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 16th November|
|13:00||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:15||Wasps vs London Welsh|
|Friday 21st November|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Sale|
|20:00||Newcastle vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|15:00||London Irish vs Bath|
|15:00||Exeter vs Wasps|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|13:00||Saracens vs Northampton|
|15:15||London Welsh vs Leicester|
|Friday 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
|Sunday 30th November|
|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Sale|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
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|Saturday 11th October|
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|Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester|
|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
|London Welsh 3 - 23 Newcastle|
|Friday 10th October|
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|Sunday 5th October|
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|Sale 25 - 14 Wasps|
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|Harlequins 52 - 0 London Welsh|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Northampton|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Bath 21 - 11 Saracens|
|Sunday 28th September|
|Wasps 35 - 18 Newcastle|
|Exeter 36 - 13 Harlequins|
|Saturday 27th September|
|Northampton 31 - 24 Bath|
|Leicester 19 - 22 London Irish|
|Saracens 40 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 26th September|
|London Welsh 10 - 46 Gloucester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|Newcastle 10 - 35 Northampton|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Bath 45 - 0 Leicester|
|Harlequins 26 - 23 Wasps|
|London Irish 32 - 36 Saracens|
|Sale 46 - 8 London Welsh|
|Friday 19th September|
|Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish|
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