Steve Borthwick hails Tigers display in win over Falcons

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  • Steve Borthwick
    English rugby union footballer and coach
  • George Ford
    English rugby union footballer
  • Ben Youngs
    English rugby union footballer

Leicester Tigers head coach Steve Borthwick praised his side’s performance in rain-soaked conditions as they thrashed Newcastle Falcons 31-0 at Welford Road on Sunday.

Newcastle offered little resistance as Leicester dominated throughout with their strong pack and set up a good platform for half-backs George Ford and Ben Youngs, who ran the show with some superbly-judged tactical kicking.

Consolidated their position at the top

It still took the Tigers until the last minute to secure their bonus-point try but that score allowed them to extend their lead to nine points over second-placed Saracens in the Premiership standings.

Dan Kelly, Matt Scott, George Martin and Harry Potter scored tries for Leicester with Ford kicking three conversions and a penalty. Freddie Burns added a conversion.

Borthwick said: “It was very wet out there and we played the conditions exceptionally well.

“We had to work really hard for the scores, especially the last one to get the bonus point at the end.

“This team has a great attitude to fight to the end but they are still are a young side who are improving as a team and we shouldn’t be leaving it until the last minute to get a bonus point.

“We’ve got a terrific fan base which other teams haven’t got and we have to ensure that we make them proud of us.”

Earlier in the week, Leicester were accused of Premiership salary cap breaches which are presently under investigation.

Borthwick said: “We addressed it at the start of the week and told the players and asked them if they had any questions on it.

“We then got on with it as anything that has happened was before I came here so whatever will be, will be, and I can’t doing anything about it.”

Newcastle’s director of rugby Dean Richards accepted his side were well beaten.

“We are disappointed as we were very rusty after not playing for three weeks but we didn’t play the conditions particularly well,” Richards said.

“We had some possession in the first half but we were better off without it as George Ford and Ben Youngs were particularly shrewd today, they controlled the game totally.

“Tigers are on a roll and they play a Saracens or Eddie Jones type of game which is a kick-and-chase style.

“It’s incredibly successful at club level and the Leicester crowd will love it as it’s like going back to the old days with no quarter given.”

Tabai Matson full of praise for birthday boy Danny Care

Meanwhile, Harlequins head coach Tabai Matson praised the continuing influence of Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care after he celebrated his 35th birthday with a decisive try in Sunday’s Premiership triumph over Gloucester.

Care, who represented England in 84 Tests and last played for his country in 2018, scored his try in the 65th minute as Harlequins won 20-17 at Kingsholm.

It was the Premiership champions’ fifth win in a row against the Cherry and Whites and cements their position amongst the play-off places.

“On his 35th birthday, how good was that?” Quins senior coach Matson said.

“He just keeps finding a way to get over the line. The forwards will whack him over the head for stealing their try – it was a maul and he just snuck in. He has still got years left in him. He’s going well, isn’t he?”

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