Leicester Tigers earn their victory over Harlequins the hard way, finishing well after a poor showing in the first 50 minutes.
Tigers claim a 33-18 victory at Welford Road over Premiership rivals, Harlequins. The final score flattered the Midlands side somewhat, proving inconsistent during the first 50 minutes.
Harlequins seemed to be the more fluid of the two sides in attack taking an early lead through an Alofa Alofa try following a clean break from fullback Aaron Morris. The visitors conceded more than their fair share of unforced errors and penalties, throwing away the majority of attacking momentum they created.
Leicester's errors seemed contagious but their discipline held well and will be a positive to take away from their performance. The most significant talking point from the round 15 clash was the performance of Wallaby fly-half/centre, Matt Toomua. Featuring exclusively at inside-centre for Tigers thus far, the Australian put in a man of the match performance. Toomua grabbed his adopted side by the scruff of the neck, kick-starting them back into gear and over the line.
The 33-times-capped former Brumbies man put his side ahead on the scoreboard shortly after Luke Wallace crossed the whitewash for Quins' second and final try. Toomua's 58th minute try saw the Aussie break clean through Harlequins' defence, spotting the mismatch of tight-five forwards in front of him, tearing through to score under the posts. Five minutes later, a Toomua kick into vacant space in Harlequins' backfield saw Graham Kitchener cross for Tigers' second score.
A late Adam Thompstone try gave the home side a healthy point difference, if not a flattering one. Harlequins will face a tough bus journey home after seeming to be the better of the two sides for the first hour, conceding too many errors and penalties to capitalise on their opportunities.
Tries: Toomua, Kitchener, Thompstone
Conversions: Toomua (3)
Penalties: Toomua (4)
Tries: Alofa, Wallace, Matthews
Penalties: Smith (1)