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Monday, January 17, 2011

Leicester Tigers silence the Scarlets in Round 5 of the Heineken Cup

Leicester Tigers silence the Scarlets in Round 5 of the Heineken Cup

Leicester Tigers came back from being 10-6 down to the Scarlets to take a well deserved 32-18 win at Parc y Scarlets on the weekend. They move level on points with Perpignan at the top of their pool, with a game against Treviso to come.

Tries were scored by Alesana Tuilagi, Ben Youngs, and Steve Mafi as the Tigers put themselves in a position to play for a quarter final place in the next round.

"We had to win tonight, otherwise we were out. That's massive when you have to front-up like that, and the boys fronted-up," said Leicesters director of rugby, Richard Cockerill.

Ben Youngs try came from a nice breakaway after a turnover, but has been criticised for the way the England scrumhalf celebrated before the try had even been awarded.

"You've got to pray, look to the heavens and hope you didn't put a foot out of place. I was pretty confident I'd managed to squeeze in," said Youngs.

"I'm not one to jump up and scream and shout but, when you score a try in such a big game, emotion can get the better of you. I felt a bit of an idiot with that celebration but Heineken Cup rugby for Leicester Tigers is everything.

Scarlets boss Nigel Davies wasnt as concerned with the theatrics as he was with the way Youngs received the ball though, citing Thomas Waldrom as making an illegal pass from the ruck. "I felt Waldrom was off his feet when he moved that ball," he said.

"Some of those calls go for you, sometimes they dont and that was pretty significant in terms of how the game was going at the time. It certainly put a spring in their step and added to their momentum. I thought Waldrom was off his feet. But there we are," Davies added.

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