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Leicester 20-52 Exeter: Sorry Tigers feel the bite from angry fans

Leicester 20-52 Exeter: Sorry Tigers feel the bite from angry fans as thousands leave before the end

  • Leicester Tigers were thrashed at home by Exeter Chiefs on Saturday
  • Welford Road witnessed a mass exodus of fans before the hour mark
  • Exeter had seven different try scorers as they ran out big winners

By the hour mark, Leicester fans were already making their way out of Welford Road.

They had seen enough. Some walked down the wooden stairs past Peter Tom, the club chairman, and made their feelings known.

Why would they stay? This was one of the worst days in Tigers history. They conceded the most points in a league game since 1988 and slipped deeper into the mire of a relegation battle.

Welford Road was practically empty as Leicester's players held a post-match meeting

Welford Road was practically empty as Leicester's players held a post-match meeting

Welford Road was practically empty as Leicester’s players held a post-match meeting

Before kick off, Tom walked in front of the press box and motioned a noose around his neck. Whether or not his club survive the drop, the board must surely consider their positon.

Leicester’s defence was feeble and skipper Tom Youngs aided his team’s downfall when he was red carded for an indefensible shoulder charge to the head of Ollie Atkins. Mike Ford was appointed as a defence specialist but his players missed one-on-one tackles and flew out of the line. Within 10 minutes, Matt Kvesic scored the first try for the Chiefs.

The flanker spotted a gaping hole down the blindside and ran through Mike Williams and Jordan Olowofela to score from 22 metres out. Tempers flared.

Geordan Murphy slammed his fist against his coaching box when Olowofela was hit with a swinging arm, before George Ford kicked a penalty.

Leicester were then penalised for not being back 10 metres at a lineout, gifting Exeter another attacking platform. This time, Jack Yeandle ran over the top of Mike Fitzgerald, Brendon O’Connor and Graham Kitchener. In a nearby grassroots game before kick-off, a wheezy fly-half found a spot on the sidelines for a half-time cigarette. His son walked over and said: ‘Dad, this is almost as bad as watching Tigers.’ Even eight-year-olds are starting to question the team’s competence.

Olly Woodburn was one of seven different players to score for Exeter as they ran riot

Olly Woodburn was one of seven different players to score for Exeter as they ran riot

Olly Woodburn was one of seven different players to score for Exeter as they ran riot

Moments of individual brilliance from Ford kept his side in the game until half-time. The No 10 jinked through the defence before Matt Toomua threw a long pass for Jonny May to score in the corner.

But Manu Tuilagi then threw the ball in the face of Kvesic, resulting in a penalty restart and a subsequent try for Olly Woodburn.

The floodgates opened. Jack Nowell intercepted a pass from Kyle Eastmond and Henry Slade was next to score. Nowell was sin-binned late in the first half and Youngs eventually crashed over, but that was all Tigers had to offer as Exeter won the second half 24-0. Ollie Devoto was next, before Santiago Cordero scored the sixth after more missed tackles. Dan Cole threw his arms in the air, May slammed the ball on the floor and Youngs lay face down on the turf in disbelief. Leicester had thrown in the towel and Nowell scored the seventh after an hour, as fans streamed out in disbelief.

Leicester’s only consolation was that Newcastle and Worcester below them both lost again, too. 

Jack Nowell was also among the scorers as Exeter produced seven tries at Welford Road

Jack Nowell was also among the scorers as Exeter produced seven tries at Welford Road

Jack Nowell was also among the scorers as Exeter produced seven tries at Welford Road

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