Tigers edge out Treviso
Published 09/10/2010 | 16:52
Leicester Tigers survived a real scare against Italian side Benetton Treviso in the opening round of the Heineken Cup.
Alesana Tuilagi powered through for a face-saving winning try in the 77th minute to finally steer the Tigers to a 34-29 victory at Stadio Comunale di Monigo.
Leicester also claimed a bonus point following earlier scores from Matt Smith, Craig Newby, Martin Castrogiovanni and Ben Youngs.
The home side had led 29-27 before Tuilagi's late score, thanks to two tries by centre Tommaso Benvenuti and 19 points from the boot of Kristopher Burton.
The result was heartbreaking for the majority of a sell-out crowd at Treviso, who were eyeing a first victory over English opponents in 11 meetings.
But a victory and bonus point was just what Leicester were looking for at the start of their campaign in Pool Five.