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Heineken Challenge Cup – Brilliant Ford sparks Tigers second half comeback to book place in final


Leicester Tigers had to comeback from a 11 point deficient at halftime to book their place in the European Challenge Cup.

Ulster looked set to advance to the final when the teams went into the break but a never-say-die attitude from the Tigers saw them claw their way back in an exciting second half.

The Tigers started to turn the game around with two quick tries by Jasper Wiese and Ellis Genge. It was the lat try from Guy Porter that sealed the win for the English club and send them to the final.

In was all Ulster in that first 40 minutes were they dominated play. Leicester did not look like they pitched up at all as Ulster build a nice lead.

One must give George Ford credit for that brilliant second half from the Tigers as his decision making was brilliant and he was on the point with ball in hand and on the boot.

With only two minutes into the game Robert Baloucoune had a try ruled out and Leicester captain Youngs was sent to the bin.

It was Henderson who drove over shortly after that for Ulster with a second one coming soon after through Billy Burns.

Nothing seemed to work for Leicester in that fist half as they could not get any momentum.

Ulster seemed to loose their dominance in the collision after John Cooney was knocked out cold with an unintentional arm of Nadolo.

Wiese run in his try for the Tigers was the start of the Tigers taking the game away from Ulster with Ford being the general on attack.

It was Ford that send Genge over which also gave Leicester the lead.

Ford landed a drop goal to extend their lead to nine but Ulster came back at them with a midfield burst from Timoney which brought Ulster within a single score of the Tigers.

With the time running out one knew the next score would win the match and it was another moment of brilliance form Ford to send a long pass which created an overlap to the right sending Porter over to seal the win and their place in the final.


Leicester Tigers (6) 33
Tries: Wiese, Genge, Porter Cons: Ford 3 Pens: Ford 3 Drop-goal: Ford
Ulster (17) 24
Tries: Henderson, Burns, Timoney Cons: Cooney 2, Lowry Pen: Cooney
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