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Twelvetrees inspires Tigers

Billy Twelvetrees showed what Leicester will miss next season when he helped the Tigers book an Aviva Premiership home semi-final with a comfortable 28-3 win over Bath in their last home game of the season.

The 23-year-old England Saxon centre, who is leaving for Gloucester at the end of the campaign, replaced the injured Toby Flood at half-time and helped Leicester turn a 3-0 half-time lead into an easy triumph at Welford Road.

Twelvetrees kicked 10 points and created two of the Tigers' three tries in a win which earned them a semi-final next Saturday at home to Saracens, the team they have played in the last two finals.

Leicester went into the match knowing they needed to win to book a home play-off semi-final, while Bath could only qualify for Europe with a bonus-point win.

There was little for the sell-out 24,000 crowd to cheer in a lacklustre, mistake-ridden first half which ended with Leicester holding a 3-0 lead thanks to a penalty by fly-half Flood.

Twelvetrees missed with a 40-metre penalty seven minutes after the break but then exchanged penalties with Olly Barkley.

He sparked Leicester into life with a fabulous outside break which ended with a try for centre Anthony Allen.

Twelvetrees put Horacio Agulla away down the right with a lovely floated pass and after some fierce pressure he popped up near the line to provide an inside scoring pass to Allen before slotting the conversion.

Bath turned down a penalty chance but lost the line-out as they went for the try. Leicester cleared before Twelvetrees extended their lead to 16-3 with his second penalty.

Leicester made it 23-3 in the 71st minute when the referee lost patience with Bath's scrum and awarded a penalty try which Twelvetrees converted and it became 28-3 two minutes from time when Twelvetrees provided the scoring pass for Agulla after a great break by Tom Youngs. Twelvetrees converted.


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