Leicester Tigers maintain impressive run in Challenge Cup with 13-20 victory over Calvisano

Leicester Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy
Leicester Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy

Calvisano 13-20 Leicester Tigers, Pata Stadium

Leicester Tigers maintained their unbeaten run in the European Challenge Cup as they earned a hard-fought victory over Calvisano in the fourth round at Pata Stadium on Saturday.

Leicester capitalised on defensive error from Calivsano early in the game as they scored the opening try through Freddie Steward in the second minute. In the process, he went on to be the third youngest player to score an European try for the Tigers after Ollie Smith and George Ford.

The response from Calvisano came through a penalty goal from Paolo Pescetto but Gabriele Venditti's sin-bin in the 36th minute pushed them back as Leicester got their maiden penalty goal from Tom Hardwick to end the first half with a 3-8 scoreline.

Leicester started the second half with a setback as Greg Bateman was yellow-carded in the 50th minute but they did well not to concede a point in the next 10 minutes and their chances got boosted as the home side were reduced to 14-men for the final quarter with Davide Zanetti sent-off.

Tries from Andy Forsyth (62') and Nephi Leatigaga (76') took Leicester's tally to 20 points which proved enough despite a late touchdown from Facundo Panceyra Garrido that saw the hosts reduce the losing margin to seven points.

This is fourth win of Leicester from as many games as they occupy the top position in Pool 5 while Calvisano are languishing at the bottom after losing all their four matches.