Leicester 59-7 Calvisano: Jonny May's two tries help Tigers overwhelm Italians

Leicester Tigers winger Jonny May has scored 27 tries for England
Leicester Tigers winger Jonny May has scored 27 tries for England
European Challenge Cup, Pool 5
Leicester (26) 59
Tries: May 2, Tuilagi, Lewis, Reffell, Thompstone, Kerr, Reid, Veainu Cons: Ford 4, Hardwick 3
Calvisano (7) 7
Try: Cittadini Con: Pescetto

England winger Jonny May scored two of Leicester's nine tries as they beat Italian club Calvisano to take control of European Challenge Cup Pool 5.

May's tries came inside the opening 11 minutes after Manu Tuilagi had opened the scoring before Sam Lewis sealed a bonus point before half-time.

Tommy Reffell, Adam Thompstone, Jake Kerr, Noel Reid and Telusia Veainu completed Tigers' third pool win.

Tigers could now seal a quarter-final with victory in Calvisano next week.

Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy picked a strong side, including England World Cup quintet Tuilagi, May, George Ford, Ben Youngs and Dan Cole.

The gulf in class between the sides was quickly apparent against opposition who have now conceded 99 points in two defeats so far in the competition.

Murphy also included a rising star in Wales Under-20 flanker Reffell, who began the scoring in the second half as Tigers became the first English side to win their opening three Challenge Cup games since Wasps in 2002.

The European Challenge Cup has provided succour in a poor season so far for Tigers, who have only won one of five Premiership matches, with only Saracens' 35-point deduction keeping them off the bottom of the table.

Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy told BBC Radio Leicester:

"We started impressively. To get as far ahead as we did so quickly was pleasing.

"We forced a few too many things, got basic things wrong and there are areas to tidy up but overall it's a great way to get back winning.

"It was really important to get back on the horse, bounce back from last week and get another win."

Leicester: Steward; Thompstone, Tuilagi, Reid, May; Ford, B Youngs; Gigena, T Youngs (capt), Cole, Lewis, Green, Coghlan, Reffell, Kalamafoni

Replacements: Kerr, Leatigaga, Heyes, Boladau, Thompson, Harrison, Hardwick, Veainu

Calvisano: Trulla; Panceyra-Garrido (capt), De Santis, Mazza, Susio; Pescetto, Casilio; Brugnara, Luccardi, Cittadini, Zambonin, Zanetti, Izekor, Martani, Vunisa

Replacements: Morelli, Barducci, Leso, Venditti, Koffi, Consoli, Chiesa, Mori

Referee: Craig Evans (Wales)

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