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Monday, December 21, 2009

Leicester Tigers stay in the hunt by beating Clermont

After losing in a disappointing way a week earlier, Leicester came back nicely to beat Clermont 20-15 to keep their Heineken Cup hopes alive.

Tigers scrumhalf Ben Youngs kept British & Irish Lion Harry Ellis on the bench for the full 80 minutes, as he once again showed his promise with a mature overall performance, and an excellent break that set up a try for Anthony Allen.

"I was going to score myself but there was a lot of noise outside me and I thought if I don’t give it to Anthony then he might kill me," Youngs explained.

"It’s probably the biggest game I’ve played for Leicester. I had not started much before this season so it’s good to get a run of games. I am really pleased that the coaches played me for the full 80 so it shows they have faith in me."

Despite him setting up the more than valuable try, assistant coach Matt O’Connor has told the 20 year old that he needs to focus more on his all-round game, than only producing the big moments.

"Ben’s a good player and he will play more and more footie for us if he continues to play like that. He’s a special talent, but he’s got to make sure he has the nuts and bolts and the basics of his game every week — that’s what makes a team tick.

"We will take the special things when they come, but he’s got to be good at the basics every week," he added.

Kiwi Scott Hamilton scored ran away for a vital try six minutes from time after a poor Toby Flood kick landed in his hands somehow, allowing him to sprint 55 metres and dive in at the corner.

Brock James kicked a second penalty to take his side into bonus-point contention, following on from his impressive three drop goals earlier in the match.

Leicester and Clermont are now both four points behind the leaders of Pool 3, the Ospreys, who will meet both sides next month.


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13 Comments:

  • Cracking game!

    By Anonymous The Champ is here, at December 21, 2009 11:30 am  

  • 1st YES. YES!!!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 21, 2009 12:07 pm  

  • Fantastic pace for Youngs for Allen's try.

    Glad to see some quality rugby in the Heineken Cup

    By Anonymous jackohos, at December 21, 2009 12:59 pm  

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    By Anonymous No.7, at December 21, 2009 1:20 pm  

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    By Anonymous No.7, at December 21, 2009 2:09 pm  

  • Cracking action from ben youngs but he did a clear forward pass to anthony allen... whatever, fantastic action of rugby !)


    Great teams give great match
    so sad that one of this 2 teams will may be out of H-cup in january

    By Blogger Flooz, at December 21, 2009 2:19 pm  

  • good to see Ben Youngs stepping up, saw him two years ago in the Melrose Sevens for Leicester and he was gassing and stepping people just like here, I thought Leicester would miss Dupuy but this lad is going to be quality

    By Blogger Jon, at December 21, 2009 2:32 pm  

  • 1st try = big forward

    By Anonymous dezzy, at December 21, 2009 3:24 pm  

  • forward between Youngs and Allen in the first try

    By Anonymous brock, at December 21, 2009 3:26 pm  

  • Youngs used to play centre for Greshams and I used to play against him at centre when we were really young safe to say he was pretty good. Hope he goes all the way.

    By Anonymous H, at December 21, 2009 3:56 pm  

  • Hamilton has got seriously long strides. I'd say he's lucky to have not been made into a forward. Maybe 15 years ago he would have been.

    And yeah, Youngs looks like a real prospect. Only just 20 too. A bit like Danny Care with those darts, although maybe not as quick?

    Anyway, nice revenge for Leicester after the mess that was last week.

    Thanks for the video.

    By Anonymous Dave, at December 21, 2009 4:00 pm  

  • What a good game - both sides played like they had everything to lose and they had to win it. Malzieu, Rougerie, Ledesma, Vermeulen, Hipkiss, Youngs, Hamilton, Flood...so many players had stood up to the challenge. Great game to watch.

    By Anonymous Javier, at December 21, 2009 4:43 pm  

  • Just can't get into this NH club rugby. Can't wait for this Super 14!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 22, 2009 2:16 am  

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