Premiership: Leicester Tigers 34-13 Worcester Warriors

Telusa Veainu
Tonga international Telusa Veainu scored a stunning solo try for Leicester
Leicester (20) 34
Tries: Brady, Veainu, Mulipola, Kitchener Cons: Williams 4 Pens: Williams 2
Worcester (0) 13
Try: Bregvadze Con: Lamb Pens: Lamb 2

Four tries, including one for Graham Kitchener against his former club, earned Leicester a bonus-point win as they comfortably beat Worcester.

After Owen Williams kicked two early penalties, Tom Brady and Telusa Veainu crossed to make it 20-0 at the break.

Ryan Lamb's two penalties reduced the deficit before Logovi'i Mulipola scored Tigers' third try.

Jaba Bregvadze then scored Warriors' only try, his first for the club, before Kitchener touched down late on.

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Warriors started brightly but could not make their dominance count as they were penalised for holding on near to the Leicester try-line and it was not long before the hosts claimed the first points of the afternoon through Williams' two penalties.

Williams then fed the ball to Brady, who skipped his way to the line to touch down under the posts.

Tigers' second try was one to remember as Veainu ran from the halfway line, holding off Phil Dowson and Jonny Arr to score with a brilliant solo effort.

Two penalties from Lamb made it 20-6 after the break but, after Mulipola had a try ruled out for the ball being held up on the line, he was then successful in similar circumstances, Williams converting for the third time.

Georgia captain Bregvadze then crossed for Warriors, Lamb converting before a mistake by the Warriors fly-half allowed Leicester to pile forward.

Kitchener got the decisive touch under the posts, Williams adding the extras to complete the scoring..

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill:

"The players needed to front up and they did that but, at times, we still struggled defensively. With respect to Worcester, against better sides, we would have been punished.

"It's certainly not all fixed. We need to keep working hard and improve. I am always a big believer that if players want to tackle they will, if they don't they won't.

"We were better today. Unfortunately, we have not defended as well as we should have. We have been a bit too easy to play against."

Worcester head coach Carl Hogg:

"We fed their very dangerous back three. And they profited from it.

"We wanted to come here and express ourselves, we didn't want to get into an arm wrestle.

"So we came with the ambition to play but we did not get the high field position in the first half, and we struggled with ball in hand."

Leicester: Veainu; Thompstone, Betham, Tait, Brady; Williams, Kitto; Genge, Youngs (c), Bateman, Barrow, Kitchener, Williams, O'Connor, McCaffrey.

Replacements: Thacker, Ayerza, Mulipola, Fitzgerald, Evans, Harrison, Roberts, Smith.

Worcester: Shillcock; Hammond, Olivier, Willison, Humphreys; Lamb, Arr; Ruskin, Bregvadze, Schonert, O'Callaghan, Barry, Faosiliva, Kirwan, Dowson (c).

Replacements: Williams, Leleimalefaga, Johnston, Scotland-Williamson, Cox, Baldwin, Heathcote, Te'o.

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