Leicester Tigers 26-12 Newcastle Falcons: George Ford’s composure proves the difference

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Leicester Tigers 26-12 Newcastle Falcons: George Ford’s complicated kick proves the difference as hosts climb to seventh place in the Premiership

  • George Ford kicked 16 points when Leicester Tigers took their third victory in March
  • Hanro Liebenberg and Charlie Clare scored tries as hosts moved up to seventh place
  • The visitors could not take advantage of two yellow cards from Leicester in the second half

England fly-half George Ford kicked 16 points as Leicester took to victory over struggling Newcastle on Welford Road.

Hanro Liebenberg and Charlie Clare scored tries as the Tigers climbed to seventh place on the Gallagher Premiership table, three points lower than a Heineken Champions Cup place.

Ford – back in action for the first time since the Six Nations – hit three penalties in the first half to help put the hosts on a 16-0 lead at half time.

George Ford scored 16 points when Leicester Tigers recorded their third victory in four in March

George Ford scored 16 points when Leicester Tigers recorded their third victory in four in March

They endured the loss of Jasper Wiese and George Martin to the scapegoat in the second half, as the tawdry Falcons dropped to a sixth defeat in seven games, while Sam Stuart’s consolation proved too little too late.

Leicester head coach Steve Borthwick said: ‘We are pleased with the win. It is always a challenge when international players return. Thanks to them for retrieving the system after two months of absence. ‘

Charlie Clare drove there for the hosts' last try, as they endured losing two men to the scapegoat

Charlie Clare drove there for the hosts' last try, as they endured losing two men to the scapegoat

Charlie Clare drove there for the hosts’ last try, as they endured losing two men to the scapegoat

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