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- Aviva Premiership
- 11th May 2013
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Welford Road
- Att: 20,243
Aviva Premiership semi-final: Leicester Tigers beat Harlequins
- Flood: Leicester fans vital
- Hartley: We can stop Saracens
- Coaches sing Croft's praises
- Mallinder savours Saints win
- McCall: Saints deserved win
- Sanderson: No love lost
Tries from Vereniki Goneva, Niall Morris, Tom Croft and Mathew Tait saw Leicester Tigers beat Harlequins 33-16 and reach their ninth consecutive Aviva Premiership final.
Three penalties from Nick Evans gave the visitors a 9-3 lead and hope of causing an upset at Welford Road.
But the Tigers asserted their dominance with a try from Goneva on the stroke of half time and touchdowns from Morris, Croft and Tait in the second period.
Ross Chisholm ran in a late consolation try for last year's champions but it was too little, too late as the Tigers set up a final clash with either Saracens or Northampton at Twickenham on May 25.
Following a tight opening period, Leicester wrestled control when Quins' England scrum-half Danny Care received a yellow card early in the second half.
With the dangerous Care out of commission, Leicester made the visitors pay, scoring 10 unanswered points when Toby Flood kicked a penalty and converted Morris' try.
Care then returned, but within a minute Leicester were out of sight after Croft left Quins' defence for dead with a searing burst that ended the game as a contest.
Quins were then faced with a painful damage-limitation exercise as the clock ticked down, but there was still time for Leicester to inflict one more wound as Tait crossed eight minutes from time.
Flood chipped in with 13 points from three penalties and two conversions in the victory.
While Chisholm had the final say, it was a day when Leicester once again flexed their collective muscle as true English heavyweights, a performance that should install them as title favourites.
Quins, who had been chasing three major trophies this term, will end it with just the LV= Cup in their possession.
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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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