Home team Away Team

Leeds

vs

Leicester

  • Aviva Premiership
  • 25th Sep 2005
  • KO 14:30
  • Ground: Headingley

Tigers leave it late at Leeds

Leeds 20-28 Leicester

By Ben Blackmore  

Related links

Teams

Players

Guinness Premiership, Headingley, Sunday September 25, KO 2.30pm

Leicester survived an almighty scare at Headingley to overcome a gutsy Leeds side 28-20.

The Tigers made 11 personnel changes as Pat Howard looked to rest some of his key players against a Leeds team that is still yet to win this season.

However, tries from Andre Snyman and Chris Murphy put the home side in the ascendancy, before Leicester stole the points with two minutes of normal time remaining.

One of the four players to remain from Leicester's last outing, Leon Lloyd, gave his team the perfect start - outpacing Tom Biggs to the line after a clever one-handed pass from Geordan Murphy.

However, one of the many new introductions to the Tigers line-up, Ross Broadfoot, welcomed his opponents back into the match by missing the conversion.

It was an invitation that Leeds gratefully accepted and Roland de Marigny instantly broke towards the line.

The ball found its way out to Iain Balshaw, and the England international threw a superb pass to Snyman who muscled past Austin Healey to score.

Young talent Jordan Crane then came close to snatching an opportunist score, before Leicester grabbed a deserved 12-7 lead close to half time, thanks to a powerful surge from Matt Cornwell.

If the first period opened up nicely for the Tigers, the second half began disastrously.

Captain Louis Deacon harshly saw yellow just two minutes in, after his clash with Iain Balshaw appeared to lack intent.

Leeds quickly jumped at the opportunity to make their numerical superiority pay, with Murphy bundling over after great work by the Tykes forwards.

Broadfoot's boot continued to kept the pressure on the home side however, and as the clock ticked down it appeared inevitable that the two-point deficit would be overturned in Leicester's favour.

Indeed it was the stand off who converted a late penalty to nudge his side ahead by a solitary point, before Deacon made amends for his earlier indiscipline to make the game safe with a late try.

Leeds: (7) 20
Tries: Snyman, Murphy
Cons: De Marigny 2
Pens: De Marigny 2

Leicester: (12) 28
Tries: Lloyd, Cornwell, L. Deacon
Cons: Broadfoot 2
Pens: Broadfoot 3

Sky Bet Odds:

Click Here for Your Free Bet
Forthcoming Aviva Premiership Fixtures
TimeFixture
Aviva Premiership
Friday 27th February
Aviva Premiership
19:45Northampton vs Harlequins
Saturday 28th February
14:30London Welsh vs London Irish
15:00Saracens vs Newcastle Falcons
15:00Leicester Tigers vs Sale Sharks
15:15Exeter vs Bath
Sunday 1st March
13:00Wasps vs Gloucester
Friday 6th March
19:45Bath vs Sale
Saturday 7th March
15:00Exeter vs London Welsh
15:00Harlequins vs London Irish
15:15Gloucester vs Northampton
Sunday 8th March
14:00Wasps vs Saracens
15:00Newcastle vs Leicester
Friday 27th March
19:45Northampton vs Wasps
Saturday 28th March
15:00London Irish vs Newcastle
15:00Leicester vs Exeter
15:15Saracens vs Harlequins
Sunday 29th March
14:00Sale vs Gloucester
14:30London Welsh vs Bath
Friday 10th April
19:45Newcastle vs Bath
Saturday 11th April
15:00Harlequins vs Gloucester
15:15Saracens vs Leicester
Sunday 12th April
14:00Exeter vs Northampton
14:30London Welsh vs Wasps
15:00London Irish vs Sale
Saturday 25th April
14:00Sale vs Harlequins

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com