Aviva Premiership semi-final: Leicester Tigers beat Harlequins
Last Updated: 11/05/13 7:21pm
Tries from Vereniki Goneva, Niall Morris, Tom Croft and Mathew Tait saw Leicester Tigers beat Harlequins 33-16 and reach their ninth consecutive Aviva Premiership final.
Three penalties from Nick Evans gave the visitors a 9-3 lead and hope of causing an upset at Welford Road.
But the Tigers asserted their dominance with a try from Goneva on the stroke of half time and touchdowns from Morris, Croft and Tait in the second period.
Ross Chisholm ran in a late consolation try for last year's champions but it was too little, too late as the Tigers set up a final clash with either Saracens or Northampton at Twickenham on May 25.
Following a tight opening period, Leicester wrestled control when Quins' England scrum-half Danny Care received a yellow card early in the second half.
With the dangerous Care out of commission, Leicester made the visitors pay, scoring 10 unanswered points when Toby Flood kicked a penalty and converted Morris' try.
Care then returned, but within a minute Leicester were out of sight after Croft left Quins' defence for dead with a searing burst that ended the game as a contest.
Quins were then faced with a painful damage-limitation exercise as the clock ticked down, but there was still time for Leicester to inflict one more wound as Tait crossed eight minutes from time.
Flood chipped in with 13 points from three penalties and two conversions in the victory.
While Chisholm had the final say, it was a day when Leicester once again flexed their collective muscle as true English heavyweights, a performance that should install them as title favourites.
Quins, who had been chasing three major trophies this term, will end it with just the LV= Cup in their possession.
Fri 24th Apr
Bath43 - 18London Irish
Sat 25th Apr
Sale Sharks23 - 25Harlequins
Gloucester42 - 40Newcastle Falcons
Leicester Tigers38 - 17London Welsh
Northampton25 - 20Saracens
Sun 26th Apr
Wasps36 - 29Exeter
Fri 8th May
Harlequins0 - 0Bath
Sat 9th May
Sale Sharks0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Gloucester0 - 0London Irish
Northampton0 - 0London Welsh
Wasps0 - 0Leicester Tigers
Sun 10th May
Saracens0 - 0Exeter
Sat 16th May
Bath0 - 0Gloucester
Exeter0 - 0Sale Sharks
Leicester Tigers0 - 0Northampton
London Irish0 - 0Wasps
London Welsh0 - 0Saracens
Newcastle Falcons0 - 0Harlequins
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Pictures from Northampton's shock 27-13 Aviva Premiership semi-final win against Saracens at Allianz Park.