Leicester Tigers beat Scarlets 40-23 in European Rugby Champions Cup

Leicester Tigers edged closer to the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-finals with a 40-23 win over Scarlets on Friday.

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Leicester Tigers moved a step closer to the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-finals with a 40-23 victory over Scarlets at Welford Road on Friday.

The Premiership side ran in six tries to earn a bonus point and move level with Toulon at the top of Pool Three " with the French side facing Ulster on Saturday.

Miles Benjamin was first to cross the line in the ninth minute after excellent work by Logovi'I Mulipola, the wing putting Leicester ahead after Rhys Priestland had kicked an early penalty for Scarlets.

Leicester's pack was giving them the edge in a close encounter, and a five-metre push enabled number eight Jordan Crane to extend their lead after 14 minutes " Freddie Burns adding a second conversion.

The hosts did not have it all their own way, though, as Scarlets rallied before the break to cut their deficit to three points thanks to Rob Evans' converted try.

Leading 14-11 at half-time, Leicester wasted no time in extinguishing the Scarlets momentum with tries from Tom Youngs and Adam Thompstone in the opening 12 minutes of the second half.

Further scores from Youngs and Sam Harrison secured the bonus point for Leicester and, although Harry Robinson grabbed two late tries for Scarlets, the hosts were comfortable winners.

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