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Gutsy Tigers keep slender hopes alive with Scarlets win

Leicester 40-23 Scarlets

By Robert Jones

Leicester Tigers kept alive their slim hopes of a European Champions Cup quarter-final spot by romping to a bonus-point victory at home to the Scarlets.

The Tigers scored six tries to three by the Scarlets and must now repeat the maximum points feat at Ulster next weekend and hope results go their way if they are to make the last eight. The Scarlets are effectively out.

Leicester, who led 14-11 at half time, scored tries through Tom Youngs (2), Miles Benjamin, Jordan Crane, Adam Thompstone and Sam Harrison, while Rob Evans and Harry Robinson (2) replied for the visitors.

The Tigers desperately wanted revenge for their 15-3 away defeat in round two but at the end of a pulsating first half they held a narrow 14-11 lead.

After weathering an early Scarlets storm, which produced a penalty for fly-half Rhys Priestland, Leicester scored 14 points without reply before the visitors staged a marvellous fightback.

Leicester scored two tries, through winger Benjamin and number eight Crane, to one by Scarlets through loose head prop Evans after another three points from Priestland.

Leicester scored try number three six minutes after the break and it came after they turned down the chance of a penalty. They went for a scrum and after good work by Crane and Ben Youngs, Thompstone scored. Burns missed the conversion.

The all-important fourth try came six minutes later, with replacement hooker Tom Youngs scoring moments after coming on. Burns added the conversion to make it 26-11.

After Tigers full-back Mat Tait pulled off a try-saving tackle on Jake Ball, Youngs got a second after a break by brother Ben, Burns again adding the conversion. Scarlets hit back with a try by Robinson but Steven Shingler missed the conversion.

Scarlets were reduced to 14 men when Aaron Shingler was sin-binned but Robinson scored his second try, converted by Steven Shingler, for the final points.

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