At the Ashton Gate last weekend, Leicester had gone on to defeat Bristol 21-16. The game saw Leicester’s Manu Tuilagi make a comeback for the team from injury with a 20 minute stint.
Tuilagi, who due to a groin injury, had not featured in any games since the opening weekend of the season, got the chance to feature once again in Leicester’s defeat of Bristol, coming on in the final quarter of the match.
The win was Leicester’s ninth successive Premiership defeat on Bristol, which catapulted them to within a point below Wasps, who holds the third position.
Director of Rugby for Leicester, Richard Cockerill had said after the match,
“It was great to see Manu back on the pitch and great to see him stay on the pitch. Now he needs to get more game time under his belt.”
Adam Thompstone and Ellis Genge, former Bristol prop had sent home some tries, combined with 11 points from Freddie Burns’ boot, which gave Leicester the lead and the win eventually.
Just before half time, the teams were locked at 6-6. A cross field punt from Burns, had landed in Thompstone’s arms who immediately dashed in to grab the game’s opening try.
As soon as the interval was over, Genge went in to grab his own try while Adrian converted the 63rd minute try by Rob Hawkins.
However, luck was on the side of the hosts as a late penalty by Jarvis earned them a losing bonus point. This pleased Mark Tainton, acting Head coach at Bristol as he said after the match,
“We certainly didn’t lose because of a lack of effort,”
“I am very proud of the boys. We’ve just got to keep picking up as many points as possible.” He concluded.