Challenge Cup: Leicester Tigers 48-32 Connacht – Tigers edge past Connacht in thriller

Zach Henry’s try was Leicester’s fourth in 20 frantic first-half minutes
Leicester (24) 48
Tries: Clare 2, Porter, Moroni, Henry, Wells, Wiese Cons: Henry 2 McPhillips 3 Pens: McPhillips
Connacht (11) 32
Tries: Marmion, Masterson, Wootton, Boyle Cons: Carty 2, Fitzgerald Pens: Carty 2

Leicester ran in seven tries and withstood a gutsy Connacht response to edge a attention-grabbing game and attain the closing eight of the Scenario Cup.

Tigers trailed to Kieran Marmion’s try but Tigers hit encourage, Charlie Clare bundling over and Man Porter crossing.

Clare was sin-binned but Matias Moroni raced away after an interception and Zack Henry jinked in for a 24-11 lead.

Eoghan Masterson, Alex Wootton and Paul Boyle scored but Clare, Harry Wells and Jasper Wiese tries saw Tigers via.

Leicester will face Newcastle at Mattioli Woods Welford Aspect freeway within the quarter-finals, the Falcons having recovered from a 14-point deficit to defeat Ospreys.

Tigers maul sloppy Connacht

The dwelling facet’s growth looked cherish being somewhat easy after a blistering first-half show saw them outplay, outmuscle and out-think an experienced Connacht facet to run in four tries in a breathless 20-minute spell.

Irish led when Marmion raced in on the left after some orderly facing and a apt atomize from arrive halfway, but two tries in four minutes changed the sport.

Clare touched down from the foremost of a series of well-worked mauls for his second try in two matches and Porter’s first Tigers gain in his 15th appearance helped assemble a 12-5 lead.

A ludicrous unhurried train by Clare saw him sin-binned soon after, however the hosts withstood some heavy stress and their tremendous physicality, blended with some shining kicking, saw them substandard for two more tries.

Sloppy facing by the Irish province allowed Porter to fetch a misplaced creep, tempo away and send in Moroni and the fourth gain followed when a high Johnny McPhillips kick introduced about alarm and Harry Potter’s deft creep chanced on Henry, who weaved via.

Carty’s second penalty diminished the deficit to 24-11 at the atomize and the gap was soon internal a gain when Masterson broke away, dummied Henry and dived over.

Masterson went over after a stylish dummy and Wootton’s 11th try of the season from a sexy creep by Caolin Blade obtained the guests to internal a gain as a acquainted lack of self-discipline and heavy penalty count threatened to extinguish Leicester’s potentialities

Nevertheless Tigers answered over all as soon as more, a success ethical self-discipline plight to enable Clare to energy over.

And though Boyle’s classy gain put the result undecided, Wells added the sixth Tigers try to the outstanding Wiese bulldozed over to ease the hosts over the finishing line.

Leicester: Henry; Potter, Moroni, Scott, Porte; McPhillips, B Youngs (capt); De Bruin, Clare, Heyes, Henderson, Lavanini, Martin, Wallace, Wiese.

Replacements: Dolly, Whitcombe, Hurd, Wells, Reffell, White, Kelly, Steward.

Sin bin: Clare 27

Connacht: Porch; Wootton, O’Brien, Daly, Healy; Carty, Marmion; Buckley, Heffernan, Bealham, Dillane, Thornbury, Masterson, Oliver, Boyle.

Replacements: Delahunt, Duggan, Robertson-McCoy, Dowling, Papali’i, Blade, Fitzgerald, Sullivan.

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