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June 24, 2022

O Captain! My Captain!

One thing that may not yet have fully hit home amidst all our celebrating is that Tigers are now in need of a new captain! After leading Leicester to the Premiership title, Ellis Genge is heading down south to the club that shall not be named. We all understand the reasons, and he will forever be remembered as a true Tiger, but he will...
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June 20, 2022

Tigers 15 Sarries 12: The 3–2–1 post-match review

We only went and won the bloody thing! Or, put another way: Leicester Tigers – Champions of England! Yes, after sitting top of the league from week 1, Tigers won a nail-biting contest with Saracens, and turned our table-topping antics into Premiership playoff success. It’s been nine long years, but Leicester are the Premiership champio...
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June 17, 2022

Nadolo and JVP miss out: Sarries v Tigers preview & team news

Who’d have thought it? Here we are, one day away from the Premiership final, and Leicester are in it! Most fans would have gladly taken sneaking into the top four as progress this season. Instead we’ve topped the league, beaten our arch rivals Northampton in the semi-final, and now head to battle against the mighty Saracens at Twickenh...
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June 13, 2022

Tigers 27 Saints 14: The 3-2-1 post-match review

Amidst an emotional and at times raucous Welford Road, Tigers came out on top against their fiercest rivals, Northampton. In the process they secured a Premiership final place for the first time since 2013. Tigers’ dream season rolls on for one last week! It was the third straight game where Tigers weren’t at their best and yet still f...
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June 10, 2022

Kelly and Montoya return for semi-final: Tigers v Saints preview & team news

Last week’s win over Wasps secured top position in league for Tigers. They are the first team to top the league for the entirety of a season. And, with the league now complete, Tigers are back playing playoff rugby for the first time in five years. Northampton’s impressive end-of-season form secured them fourth spot in the league. With...
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May 23, 2022

Falcons 5 Tigers 27: The 3-2-1 post-match review

It’s fair to say that Saturday’s victory over Newcastle wasn’t a vintage Tigers performance. After a fast, flowing start that nearly resulted in a try in the corner for Chris Ashton in the opening minutes, we rarely clicked throughout the rest of the game. It became an arm wrestle against a motivated Newcastle side and, to be fair to t...
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May 20, 2022

Borthwick picks strong side for trip to Tyneside: Falcons v Tigers preview & team news

It’s felt like a long two weeks without any rugby for Tigers following their defeat to Leinster. The quarter-final knockout meant Leicester had a free weekend last week heading into their game with Newcastle this Saturday. Following a busy schedule, a week off was long overdue—though, we’d all prefer to have had a European semi-final l...
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May 9, 2022

Tigers 14 Leinster 23: The 3-2-1 post-match review

It wasn’t to be. Tiger’s biggest game in six years came to a disappointing end in their semi-final defeat to a powerful Leinster side. Though there can be pride in the way Tigers fought back, they’ll be frustration that they let the game get away from them in the first half. 20–0 down was always going to be too big a mountain to climb ...
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May 6, 2022

Chessum returns, Ashton starts, Martin on bench: Tigers v Leinster preview & team news

In some respects, the best club teams in England and Ireland facing off is deserving of a semi-final or even a final. Instead it’s the quarter-finals of the European Heineken Champions Cup where they meet at Welford Road this Saturday. Leinster bring a team packed with internationals. It really isn’t far off being the full Ireland inte...
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May 3, 2022

Tigers 56 Bears 26: The 3-2-1 post-match review

After the controversial end to last year’s encounter with Bristol at Welford Road, Leicester fans will have enjoyed the drubbing Tigers dished out to the Bears on Saturday. And to do it while celebrating the career of Tom Youngs made it all the sweeter. It was a commanding performance by the Tigers. Scoring eight tries, they outplayed ...
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April 29, 2022

Montoya back from injury to start: Tigers v Bears team news

Tigers go into Saturday’s game against Bristol looking to secure a home semi-final in the Premiership playoffs. A few fans will no doubt also be keen to see Tigers avenge their controversial defeat to the Bears last time they came to visit Welford Road. When the sides met at Ashton Gate on Boxing Day, Leicester beat Bristol 28-26. They...
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April 28, 2022

Will Tigers win any silverware this season?

Like most Tigers fans, I’ve been fully caught up in what has been a remarkable season. Even after our outstanding unbeaten run came to an end, we have continued to push on. We currently sit top of the league, we’re in the quarter-finals of Europe, and our third/fourth team made it to the semi-finals of the Premiership Cup. Amazing! But...
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April 27, 2022

Irish 59 Tigers 20: The 3-2-1 post-match review

It’s fair to say this was a fair old thrashing Tigers got given by a strong London Irish side in the Premiership Cup semi-final. Whereas in previous rounds, Leicester’s mix of youth and experience had been able to stand up to most tests, this side sadly crumbled. Some will argue that it wasn’t in the spirit of the competition for Irish...
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April 26, 2022

Blend of youth and experience for Premiership Cup: Irish v Tigers team news

There’s barely time to keep up with all the games Tigers have at the moment! It’s back to the Premiership Cup again for Tigers and another mid-week game. Leicester continue their approach of mixing youth with experience as the tournament reaches the semi-final stage. Jack van Poortvliet adds both youth and experience as he captains the...
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April 25, 2022

Quins 26 Tigers 20: The 3-2-1 post-match review

It wasn’t to be. Despite getting into a second half lead, and bringing on a host of high impact players off the bench, Tigers were unable to get control of the game against Harlequins on Saturday at The Stoop. A mere losing bonus point leaves us sitting just four points ahead of Saracens now and still needing to secure a home semi-fina...
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April 22, 2022

Nadolo returns as Tigers rest and rotate: Quins v Tigers team news

Tigers head down to Twickenham Stoop, home of Harlequins, to face last year’s Premiership champions. Leicester came out on top with a narrow 16–14 victory at Welford Road in December, but 2017/18 was the last time they did the double over the London side. Harlequins go into the the game on the back of five back-to-back league wins. Tig...
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April 19, 2022

Tigers 27 (56) Clermont 17 (27): The 3-2-1 post-match review

Saturday saw Clermont visit Welford Road for the return leg of the last 16 Heineken Champions cup match. Starting with a 19 point deficit, it was always going to be a big ask for Clermont to turn the tie around. And so it proved. It wasn’t for want of trying though. The French outfit threw everything at Tigers in the opening exchanges,...
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April 15, 2022

Dolly starts, Moroni into midfield: Tigers v Clermont team news

After a resounding win away in France in the first leg last weekend, Tigers welcome Clermont to Mattioli Woods Welford Road for the conclusion. They take a 19 point advantage into the game and it’s hard to see anything other than a Tigers win. That said, you can be sure that such complacency from we fans will not be anywhere near this ...
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April 11, 2022

Clermont 10 Tigers 29: The 3-2-1 post-match review

Leicester’s record in France in recent years has been dismal. In this season of seasons though, Tigers pulled off a second win on French soil. Most Tiger’s fans would probably have taken a narrow loss as acceptable from the first-leg, trusting that a win at home in the return would carry them through to the quarter finals. As it is, th...
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April 8, 2022

Ford fit to start, Cole on bench: Clermont v Tigers team news

Tigers had a bye week in the Premiership last week. The timing was good for Leicester. Their international players got some well-earned recovery time. But it also gave the squad a chance to fully focus on their Heineken Champions Cup double-header with Clermont. We’re now getting towards the business end of the season. Games suddenly h...
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March 30, 2022

Tigers 41 Irish 26: The 3–2–1 post-match review

With the game not televised, and my not being able to attend in person, we have a special guest to write the 3–2–1 post-match review this time. Elliot Butlin writes the excellent ‘A View from LE2’ blog and is also one half of ‘The Rolling Maul’ Tigers fan podcast. If you’ve not added that to your podcast feed already, what are you wait...
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March 28, 2022

Totally new 23 for Premiership Cup: Tigers v Irish team news

It’s only a day since Tigers played and beat Exeter but they’re back announcing their team for the Premiership Cup game at home to London Irish tomorrow. Tigers go into the game probably needing a bonus point win to secure a place the semi-finals. Even with that, the format means they could be left depending on the results of other tea...
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March 28, 2022

Chiefs 17 Tigers 22: The 3-2-1 post-match review

What a win! No matter how this win came about, after our dismal record at Sandy Park, this win was always going to be worthy of a big celebration. Exeter have been one of the top two sides in England for a number of years now; beating them on their own turf is all the confirmation needed of Tiger’s progress this season. From the moment...
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March 25, 2022

England stars all return: Chiefs v Tigers team news

2014 was the last time Leicester Tigers won at Sandy Park, home of the Exeter Chiefs. It’s a dismal run of defeats but one Tigers are more than capable of ending when they meet on Sunday. Both sides have their international players available again. With Tigers keen to secure a home semi-final in the play-offs, and the Chiefs having ple...
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March 19, 2022

Falcons 36 Tigers 28: The 3–2–1 post-match review

Leicester Tigers tasted defeat for the first time in the Premiership Rugby Cup on Friday night. After fighting their way back from behind, a late Falcons try meant Tigers didn’t even come away with a losing bonus point. Our four tries did ensure we came away with a try-bonus point at least. Considering the experience gap between the tw...
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March 17, 2022

Six set for debuts: Falcons v Tigers pre-match info

Tigers scored seven tries in a strong win over London Irish last weekend. Friday night brings a change of pace as the league has a pause and the Premiership Rugby Cup takes centre stage. 📺 Kick off is 7.45pm on Friday 18 March. The game is live on BT Sport. With both teams giving plenty of first team players a well deserved break, this...
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March 15, 2022

Meet a Tigers fan: Seven questions with Sam Radford

This is the first of what I intend to be a regular feature on this blog where a different Tigers fan answers the same set of seven questions. I hope it’ll provide a mix of informal and interesting insights and perspectives from those of us who love following Leicester Tigers. I figured it was only fair that I go first. So here goes. 1....
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March 13, 2022

Tigers 47 Irish 28: The 3–2–1 post-match review

Another home win for Tigers. And another five points closer to securing a home semi-final in the playoffs. It was a solid performance by Leicester against dangerous opponents. The early red card for Irish always left the result in little doubt, but they put up a fight and scored a couple of wonder tries. Tigers ended up scoring seven t...
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March 12, 2022

What Saracens’ winning celebrations say about Tigers’ progress

Something has been lingering in my subconscious all week, not quite rising to the surface, but there. Definitely there. It’s taken a week, but some clarity has now come. It’s to do with the way Saracens celebrated beating us last week. They really celebrated. There was an intensity and passion there. Without going back and watching all...
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March 11, 2022

Montoya, Kelly, and Liebenberg return: Tigers v Irish pre-match info

Leicester Tigers face a resurgent London Irish at Mattioli Woods Welford Road this weekend. Their unbeaten home record is sure to face one of its toughest tests of the season to date. Irish have lost just once in 2022. They’ve done the double over Exeter Chiefs and came away with a win and a draw in their games against Saracens. They’r...
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