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Leicester secure home semi with narrow win over Stade

Published 01/04/2007

The Leicester Tigers have secured a home Heineken Cup semi-final in the Walkers Stadium in three weeks time with a 21-20 victory over Stade Francais at Welford Road today.

The Tigers became the third English team to make the last four after Northampton today surprised Biarritz, and Wasps last night put paid to Leinster's title hopes at Adams Park.

Leicester will next play the Llanelli Scarlets, who beat Munster in Stradey Park on Friday night.

The Tigers and their Parisien visitors were level 11-11 at half-time thanks to tries by Seru Rabeni for the home team and Martin Hernandez for the French, with Abdy Goode and David Skrela contributing two penalties each.

Skrela kicked two more penalties and a drop-goal to give the visitors a 20-14 lead but Tom Varndell touched down with eight minutes left and Goode converted for a one-point lead.

Leicester then held out through a desperate late onslaught that saw three Stade drop-goal attempts go wide.

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