Tigers win Anglo-Welsh Cup
- 19 Mar 2017
The Leicester Tigers beat the Exeter Chiefs 16-12 in the Anglo-Welsh Cup final, while there were wins for Clermont, Bayonne, La Rochelle and Toulouse in the French Top 14.
Following runaway victories in their respective semi-finals, Leicester and Exeter were engaged in a close affair for cup honours at the Stoop.
The Tigers had the hosts on the ropes in the first half, as they opened a 16-5 lead via three penalty goals by Freddie Burns, coupled with a converted try.
Play after the break was less lively, with the only points coming in the 77th minute when the Chiefs narrowed the gap to four, courtesy of a converted try. In the end, Leicester’s first-half points accumulation proved to be enough for them to be crowned champions.
Meanwhile in the French Top 14, Clermont scored nine tries, including one each from Flip van der Merwe and Scott Spedding, to thump Pau 65-13, Bayonne upset Bordeaux 24-20 at home, La Rochelle’s excellent run of form continued with a comprehensive 36-7 triumph over Brive, Toulouse hammered Lyon 42-26 and Grenoble rallied to snatch a valuable 23-23 draw against Toulon.
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