Leicester 43-13 Worcester
Leicester scored seven tries as they routed Worcester 43-13 at Welford Road as the visitors spent most of the match a man down.
Former Tigers favourite Andy Goode gave the visitors the lead with an early penalty but, after a period of concerted pressure from the home pack, he was also sent to the sin bin for slowing the ball down by entering a ruck from the side next to his own try-line. Leicester dominated possession and territory throughout the first half though and it didn't take them long to take advantage of the extra man as Scott Hamilton had acres of space and plenty of time to gather in Toby Flood's cross-field kick before strolling across the line. Things didn't get any better for the Warriors when they were restored to their full complement of players either as George Chuter rumbled over for a second try. Alesana Tuilagi was denied a try seconds earlier after being forced into touch just metres short of the line but the Tigers stole the ensuing lineout and Chuter was not going to be stopped from close range. Worcester's hopes were dealt an even more severe blow minutes before the half-time whistle as Goode, perhaps too fired up for his first return to Welford Road since leaving the club in 2008, was sent off for an unsavoury, off-the-ball hit on Tom Croft. And Croft responded in the perfect manner by accelerating onto a short pass from Geordan Murphy to score in the corner and make it 17-3 at the break. Replacement fly-half Danny Gray did register another three points for the Warriors a few minutes into the second half but Martin Castrogiovanni secured the bonus point for the Tigers shortly afterwards, powering over after incessant pressure from the forwards. Ed Slater's sinbinning moments later meant there was a level playing field for ten minutes in terms of numbers but Worcester were still unable to trouble the scoreboard and Leicester even added another score with a typically strong run from Thomas Waldrom. Replacement hooker Tom Youngs added a sixth try midway through the half and another substitute George Ford also got in on the act, bursting onto a short ball from Steve Mafi to make it 43-6. Prop Ceri Jones, on as a replacement for Matt Mullan, did add a late consolation try for the Warriors but it was a night to forget for them. Leicester, meanwhile, will be happy with their evening's work and have solidified their place in the playoff positions.