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Freddie Burns scores 15 points as Leicester sink Newport Gwent Dragons

Published 12/11/2016

Leicester's Freddie Burns grabbed 15 points against Newport Gwent Dragons.
Leicester's Freddie Burns grabbed 15 points against Newport Gwent Dragons.

Former England fly-half Freddie Burns scored 15 points as Leicester made it two wins from two games with an easy 42-3 home victory over Newport Gwent Dragons in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

The bonus point win in front of an 18,750 crowd gives the Tigers nine points in pool four after their one point win at Bath the previous week.

They were much too strong for the Welsh side and had the game sewn up by half time when they led 27-3.

The Tigers scored six tries through Owen Williams, Adam Thompstone, Greg Bateman, Ellis Genge, Harry Roberts and Burns, who also kicked two conversions and two penalties in a fine all-round game.

While both sides gave youth a chance, the hosts fielded several big guns, including prop Marcus Ayerza, lock Graham Kitchener, Burns and England and Lions flanker Tom Croft, who made his first start of the season after a back injury.

That power and experience was the difference as Leicester surged into a 27-3 half time lead thanks to four tries - from centre Williams, winger Thompstone, prop Bateman and Burns.

Fly-half Geraint Rhys Jones kicked a long-range penalty for Newport, who had lost four of their previous five Anglo-Welsh Cup clashes against Leicester.

The hosts, who dominated the scrum and used the rolling maul to good effect, went 3-0 ahead in the 11th minute with a penalty from Burns who, three minutes later, kicked a touchline conversion after a fabulous try by Williams, his first of the season, following a great pick-up and inside pass from Thompstone.

Rhys Jones kicked a penalty before Thompstone made it 15-3 in the 28th minute with a well worked try by the backs after a rolling maul. Burns missed the conversion.

Bateman got the third in the 34th minute after good work by Williams, with Burns adding the conversion, then Burns beat Tom Prydie to his own chip down the right touchline and crossed for a try which was allowed to stand - although the same player missed the conversion.

Burns made it 30-3 with his second penalty seven minutes after the interval but then Leicester were reduced to 14 men after lock Harry Wells was sin-binned for appearing to throw a punch in a ruck.

The visitors, who conceded too many penalties and conceded possession too often, made a rare visit to the Leicester 22 with 15 minutes left but let the home side off the hook by giving away another penalty.

Newport replacement Leon Brown was sin-binned in the 70th minute and three minutes later Genge got Leicester's fifth try from a forwards drive.

George Worth missed the conversion but converted the sixth try, by Roberts, in added time.

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