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Thursday Dec 24, 2015

Telusa Veainu stops Francis Saili's near certain Munster try in Leicester Tigers win

Leicester Tigers maintained their unbeaten start to the Champions Cup with a hard-fought 17-6 victory over Munster at Welford Road. The result completed a rare back-to-back success over the two-time champions, whose qualification hopes hang by a thread.

The Tigers’ own chances have been increased no end through the exceptional performances of South-Sea islanders Vereniki Goneva and recent import Telusa Veainu.

The former scored the crucial try 20 minutes from the end to all but secure the win while Veainu stopped a clear try at the other side of the pitch.

His speed and disruptive efforts in defence should stand as perfect justification for perserverence.

And as a result of the Tongan international’s determination, Leicester soon won a penalty; this ultimately helped see off Anthony Foley’s men.

Francis Saili was actually caught earlier in the match too, that time by Peter Betham.

It followed a lovely sidestep and while it wasn’t as dramatic, the trysaving tackle was also crucial. You can watch that on page two, and see Veainu’s electric pace in the video below.

credit: observatoire béarnais

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