Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Tigers storm into quarter

Jordan Crane

Leicester cruised into the Heineken Cup quarter-finals after carrying out a predictable 62-15 demolition job on outclassed Treviso.

The Tigers, needing a try-scoring bonus point to guarantee their progress from Pool Five, achieved that feat by half-time at Welford Road.

Number eight Jordan Crane (two), full-back Scott Hamilton and wing Alesana Tuilagi all touched down during the first 40 minutes with fly-half Toby Flood adding three conversions and a penalty.

Treviso, trailing 29-3 and having seen two of their forwards sin-binned, then faced a prolonged damage-limitation exercise as Leicester followed their Aviva Premiership rivals Northampton into the last eight.

Crane completed his hat-trick, while flanker Thomas Waldrom and Hamilton also crossed after the break, before late scores by centre Manu Tuilagi and substitute Steve Mafi. There was still time for a third Treviso yellow card when replacement Alberto Sgarbi was cautioned as Flood completed a 17-point haul.

Perpignan's bonus-point win against the Scarlets in France proved enough for them to top the group, meaning Leicester progress as best runners-up and will face an away tie against the second seeds - Northampton, Leinster or Toulouse - in April.