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Leicester Tigers beat Cardiff in Challenge Cup thriller

By PA Authors
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Tom Hardwick’s injury-time penalty secured Leicester Tigers a dramatic 14-11 win at Cardiff Blues in their European Challenge Cup clash at the Arms Park.

The Welsh side had been 11-8 in front at half-time following early penalties from Jarrod Evans and Aled Summerhill’s try.

However, Leicester had kept themselves in touch with a try from Jordan Coglan, his first for the club, and Hardwick’s penalty.

The visitors drew level on the hour through another successful kick from fly-half Hardwick.

Tempers boiled over during the closing stages as players from both sides were involved in a melee.

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As the clock ticked down, Nephi Leatigaga got over the ball at a breakdown, and Hardwick kept his composure to convert a match-winning penalty and secure a second Pool 5 win for the Tigers.

Earlier, Wasps had got their own European campaign up and running with a 32-14 win over Agen at the Ricoh Arena.

The home side, beaten away in their Pool 3 opener to Bordeaux Begles last weekend, had trailed to a converted try from Loris Tolot.

Ashley Johnson went over from a maul before Jacob Umaga’s kicking extended the lead to 13-7 at the break.

Further tries from Tommy Taylor and Johnson put Wasps in command, with Malakai Fekitoa crossing to secure the bonus point. Fernandez Correa added a late consolation for the hosts.

London Irish ran in seven tries to beat Bayonne 45-31 in their Pool 2 match at the Madejski Stadium.

The Exiles, beaten 20-16 against Scarlets last time out, scored five tries in the first half – during which the French club also crossed four times to go into the break at 31-24.

Converted tries for Saia Fainga’a and Ben Meehan gave the hosts some breathing space. A late score for former Harlequins number eight Mat Luamanu, his second of the match, secured Bayonne a bonus point.

Stand-off Paddy Jackson kicked five conversions, including one from his own try after 25 minutes, to finish with a personal haul of 15 points.

Saturday’s early kick-off in Pool 1 saw Worcester Warriors beaten 17-9 away at Castres.

Duncan Weir kicked three penalties for the visitors, however first-half tries for winger Filipo Nakosi and flanker Baptiste Delaporte proved enough for the French side.

Elsewhere, in Pool 4, Stade Francais picked up a much-needed 13-12 win at Zebre.

The Paris club – bottom of the Top 14 and having seen coach Heyneke Meyer depart – scored a converted try from Gael Fickou, with Nicolas Sanchez adding two penalties.

The Italians, though, made a late fight back with a penalty try setting up a tense finale.

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Leicester Tigers beat Cardiff in Challenge Cup thriller