Leinster 27, Tigers (12) 20
November 19th 1999
There is a double feeling of deja vu in the Tigers camp as they
slipped to a 27-20 defeat in Dublin in their opening fixture of the
1999-2000 Heineken European Cup.
Firstly it was a carbon copy of what happened two years ago in the
same competition - opening match, same opponents, same venue, same
result. Then it forced Leicester to play "catch up" for the rest of
their matches and have to qualify for the next stage through a playoff
and then an away match in the quarter final. The same appears to be on
the cards this time, that's assuming that they will be a best
runner-up. The group is far from over but this was a significant loss
against a committed Leinster team.
The second feeling of deja vu comes about because this season's league
campaign started off in the same stuttering fashion with a heavy
defeat at Northampton. Tigers have to some degree managed to rectify
that one with some sterling performances since, but that is a 22 game
campaign - effectively Europe is just a six match situation.
Things started off well for Leicester with a well worked try in the
6th minute for Pat Howard, being given the score by the most delicate
of passes from Neil Back. From that moment forward, however, there was
precious little to shout about for Tigers supporters. The front row
struggled without Darren Garforth - out with a neck injury, and the
pack therefore simply did not win enough ball for the backs to do
For Leinster, man of the match went to stand-off Mark McHugh, who
scored all 27 points in a virtuoso performance, courtesy of two drop
goals and seven penalty strikes. The rest of the Tigers points were
mustered by full-back Stimpson.?
TIGERS: Tim Stimpson Geordan Murphy, Will Greenwood, Pat Howard,
Dave Lougheed Andy Goode, James Grindal Derek Jelley, Dorian West
(Perry Freshwater 62), Graham Rowntree (Ken Fourie 69) Martin
Johnson (capt), John Welborn Paul Gustard, Martin Corry (Will
Johnson 68), Neil Back. Replacements not used: Craig Joiner, Jamie
Hamilton, Ben Kay, Adam Balding.
?Can someone fill in The Leinster Side? ;-((
Garry (Leicester FC Tiger bar team)