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Tigers too strong for Saints

Leicester Tigers snatched a dramatic 30-25 bonus-point win over rivals Northampton Saints in a pulsating showdown at Welford Road.

The match was contested by two teams of 14 for over an hour after Chris Ashton's clash with Alesana Tuilagi resulted in red cards for the Tigers winger and Northampton flanker Tom Wood.

Leicester led after tries from Matt Smith, Steve Mafi and Ben Youngs, Ashton with Northampton's only reply at that stage. Tom May cut the deficit and Ashton set up Phil Dowson to put the Saints ahead for the first time since the opening 10 minutes - but Horacio Agulla edged the Tigers back in front late on.

Toby Flood also contributed 10 points with the boot for the Tigers, while Ryan Lamb and Stephen Myler kicked the rest of Northampton's points.


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