Match Centre: Leicester Tigers 31-0 Newcastle Falcons

George Ford contributed with nine points
George Ford contributed with nine points

Leicester Tigers 31-0 Newcastle Falcons, Mattioli Woods Welford Road

Leicester Tigers maintained their perfect start in the competition as they blanked Newcastle Falcons 31-0 in the 12th round of the Gallagher Premiership at Mattioli Woods Welford Road.

This is 11th win for the Tigers in as many games as they consolidated their top place in the table while Newcastle Falcons are at 10th position.

This was also the first game since March 2020 when a team in the Premiership competition failed to score a point since Sale defeated London Irish 39-0.

Making his 100th start for the Tigers, George Ford started the proceedings with a third minute penalty goal after the Falcons strayed offside but after a scoreless phase, they stretched their lead further in the half-hour mark as Dan Kelly powering his way over at the back of a powerful maul to dot down.

Ford also followed with the conversion as they scored 10-0 which became 17-0 by the end of the opening half as Joel Hodgson missed the bouncing ball, Scott nudged it forward and gathered to dot down under the posts. Ford also got the conversion right as it was total domination from the home side in the opening half.

The second half started with Tigers on the attack again, forcing Mike Brown on his 250th Premiership appearance back to his line, where he was driven over by a combination of Kelly and Scott. But ball was knocked-on at the five-metre and the chance had gone.

Nevertheless, Tigers got their third try in the 55th minute as George Martin dived over in the right corner. Referee Karl Dickson checked for a knock on but eventually cleared the back rower and Ford's conversion meant the they scored 24 unanswered points.

With less than two minutes left in the game, Falcons spilled ball in trying to play out of their 22 allowing the Tigers a final opportunity at scrum and eventually a crossfield kick from Burns found Harry Porter as he dotted down in the final minute to secure the bonus point. Burns also followed with the conversion as Leicester extended their domination in the competition with a 31-0 victory.

Team line up:

Leicester: Steward; Potter, Scott, Kelly, Porter; Ford, Youngs; Genge, Montoya, Cole, Snyman, Wells, Reffell, Martin.

Reserves: Clare, Leatigaga, Heyes, Murimurivalu, Dolly, Van Poortvliet, Burns, Moroni.

Newcastle: Brown; Carreras, Orlando, Burrell, Radwan; Hodgson, Schreuder; Cooper, Maddison, Davison, Peterson, Robinson, Van der Walt, Welch, Fearns.

Reserves: Smith, Mulipola, Tampin, Chick, Graham, Stuart, Connon, Penny.

Widely regarded as the most competitive rugby union league in the can only be the Gallagher Premiership.

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