Leicester 35-29 Harlequins: Eddie Jones watches as English prop Ellis Genge scored two tries and sinned for foul play while Tigers shed Quins’ hopes in the playoffs
- Leicester’s first win in three games took them to sixth in the premier league
- Genge scored two tries and got yellow in a turbo display
- Quins collected two bonus points and was thus 11 points ahead of Northampton
English prop Ellis Genge scored two tries and was shown a yellow card in a turbo display as Leicester clung to jump to sixth in the Premiership.
This was Leicester’s first win in three league games, but they were sweating to the death as Quins made another late attempt to escape after recently pulling them out against London Irish and Wasps.
But their two bonus points give Quins an 11-point cushion against Northampton, who has a game on their hands, in the hunt for the final play-off spot.
The English prop Ellis Genge scored two tries and got a yellow card in a turbo display
Tries: Scott, Genge (2), T. Youngs;
Cons: Ford (3)
Pens: Ford (2), Henry
Try: Earle (2), Penalty try, Marchant, Northmore
Both Genge attempts showed his power. The first was close at nine minutes and for the second he jumped off center Luke Northmore and completed the attack after center Dan Kelly and whore Tom Youngs both handled.
Genge’s other side came in between his two scores when he was convicted of a reckless out on Harlequin flanker Jack Kenningham at 26 minutes when his arm hit the head of the rear rower.
Referee Luke Pearce and TMO Tom Foley, who initially saw the incident, took a close look and Genge escaped a tougher penalty.
The Genge show overshadowed the battle of number 10’s George Ford and Marcus Smith, ahead of England coach Eddie Jones.
Ford’s first major contribution came with a delayed pass that put center Matt Scott away for Leicester’s opening score after three minutes.
Six minutes later, Genge took a short tapping penalty for himself and was crossed by Youngs and flanker Tommy Reffell – via Smith and Nathan Earle – to make it 12-0 and put Quins on the back foot.
Genge was sinful for a reckless lashing out on Harlequins flanker Jack Kenningham
Earle got one back for the visitors at 12 minutes when Joe Marchant, who was playing on the other wing, thrust it away before hooker Youngs and Ford gave the Tigers 21-5.
Youngs pitched at the lineout, the Leicester pack pushed him forward, then the captain reached out and fell over the line.
Leicester had Dan Cole thrown out for a maul collapse – which gave Quins a penalty – and then Genge was dealt a card – leaving Tigers with only 13 men. They managed to win that period 3-0 thanks to a Ford penalty before the recovered Genge gave them a 17-point lead with his second score.
Smith conjured Marchant a 53rd minute score with a well-weighted cross kick and Earle’s second with nine minutes to go gave the Londoners a losing bonus point.
Zach Henry’s penalty gave Leicester breathing room, but Luke Northmore’s late score left Tigers nerves ringing.
English coach Eddie Jones watched the battle of the No 10’s George Ford and Marcus Smith