Premiership: Leicester Tigers 26-12 Newcastle Falcons – George Ford kicks 16 factors on return
Leicester (16) 26
Tries: Liebenberg, Clare Cons: Ford 2 Pens: Ford 4
Newcastle (0) 12
Tries: Welch, Stuart Con: Connon
George Ford returned from world accountability to handbook Leicester to a tough-fought soak up opposition to Newcastle.
Ford kicked 16 elements, whereas Hanro Liebenberg and Charlie Clare dotted down for the hosts in an at-times scrappy and unwell-disciplined stumble upon.
Newcastle registered tries from Will Welch and Sam Stuart, however moreover had a try disallowed in both half.
Leicester survived being diminished to 13 males at one stage when every and every Jasper Wiese and George Martin had been sin-binned.
Tigers moved up a compile to seventh with the victory, whereas Newcastle, who’re with out an away take since early December, dropped a compile to tenth.
The Falcons struggled to bag a foothold within the sport and had been dealt an early setback when prop Jon Welsh turned compelled off with what director of rugby Dean Richards confirmed turned a dislocated shoulder after Wiese’s side entry on the ruck.
Leicester assist row Liebenberg went over for the sport’s opening try after his fellow South African Wiese had made flooring with the preliminary burst.
Ben Stevenson went shut to hauling Newcastle assist into it, however his get within the nook turned chalked off as Tigers centre Dan Kelly compelled him into contact with a last-ditch retaining trend out.
Ford, making his first look because the discontinue of the Six Nations, kicked three penalties at hand Leicester a 16-0 lead at half-time as Newcastle’s rising penalty rely seen them lose Darren Barry to the sin-bin.
Newcastle got here out with greater intent from the restart, however regardless of relentless stress within the Leicester crimson zone, they seen Adam Brocklebank’s try disallowed for a knock-on from a preserve-and-mosey.
Leicester quantity eight Wiese and alternative assist row Martin had been every and every yellow-carded within the dwelling of 4 minutes, and the corporate took attend when Welch turned adjudged to rep crossed beneath the posts to bag Newcastle on the scoreboard.
On the alternative hand, Ford’s fourth penalty eased the stress on 13-man Tigers.
With Leicester assist as rather a lot as stout vitality, alternative hooker Clare scored from a rolling maul within the closing moments after Freddie Steward had considered a try disallowed when Luan de Bruin turned penalised for faulty play off the ball on Callum Chick.
Stuart’s try from a like a flash-taken faucet penalty proved too exiguous, too gradual for Newcastle who slipped to a fourth straight defeat.
Leicester head coach Steve Borthwick prompt BBC Radio Leicester:
“What you rep obtained to recognise is we undoubtedly are looking for to take video video games and this is a crew who haven’t gained very many video video games for a number of years.
“That honorable habits turns into one factor we’re making an attempt to comprise right here as a result of there turned very clearly a shedding habits pronounce.
“We’re making an attempt to swap that. Would we cherished to rep scored additional elements? Every sport you is most positively looking for to and there have been alternate options to steal out that at the present time.
“So we’ll steal away the issues we did neatly and try to comprise them even stronger and compile the issues we could’ve carried out even higher and try to work on them.”
Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards:
“There staunch did not seem like consistency within the (refereeing) selections within the first half, however within the second half we picked it up a exiguous.
“We staunch wished to play a exiguous additional with ball in hand as within the first half we tried to steal out too noteworthy from inside our relish half and George Ford, pointless to assert, kicked neatly at some stage of to pin us assist.
“Nonetheless within the first half, I turned with the avid avid gamers on how powerful carried out by they felt, it regarded there turned a pre-conceived notion of how they had been going to referee the sport.
“That is by the by, it’s took place and it’s carried out and we’ll rep to hunt information from after Jon Welsh when he’ll get residence.”