Ford finds his Tiger feet to set up a win at Quins

 

The Stoop

George Ford, the IRB world young player of the year, had an eventful match for Leicester, concluding with possibly the shortest sin-bin stint of all time when his tug of a multi-coloured shirt conceded a penalty missed by his opposite number, Rory Clegg. Both clubs took the developmental nature of the Anglo-Welsh LV Cup to the nth degree but that did not stop a near-capacity crowd turning up. Sadly for most of them, Harlequins' handling let them down – epitomised by Tom Casson knocking on after Ford's indiscretion – and Leicester were deserved winners, scoring three tries to none.

There were 20 players away with the two England squads, plus a few rested. Leicester's director of rugby, Richard Cockerill, said the England fly-half Toby Flood would be fit for bench duty in next Saturday's final pool match at home to Newcastle. Manu Tuilagi is at least a further week away from returning.

"After that it's up to England what they do with Floody," said Cockerill."I expect it depends onhow they get on against Scotland."

He promised a stronger side against the Falcons as the Tigers look to win Pool Two; this cup, though the poor relation in a long season, sends its winners into the Heineken Cup. Also, a club staging a home semi-final keeps 100 per cent of the receipts: a six-figure sum.

Ford, the son of the former national defence coach Mike, played for England Under-16s at fly-half three days after his 15th birthday, alongside Owen Farrell. Now 18, this was his third competition in as many weeks. He played twice on loan for Leeds in the Championship before Leicester recalled him for a try-scoring appearance off the bench in the Heineken Cup against Aironi. Next in his diary is the U20 Six Nations and possibly more action for Leeds.

"We wanted the ball in Fordy's hands and to get it out wide," said Cockerill. His team were true to that, outdoing Quins' at their own fast-moving game, even while struggling a little in the scrum and a lot in the line-out.

Though Ford could be England's next big thing, he is not huge at 5ft 9in and just over 13st. His passing was accurate – nothing head-high or below the waist – allied to lively dabbling around the fringes, good line-kicking and a brave defensive tidy-up when Quins were swarming. Two goal kicks on the diagonal went wide in the third quarter, which might have had Leicester up 17-6 rather than just 12-6 when the left wing Alex Lewington outpaced Clegg with a chip-and-chase try in the 58th minute. In the fifth minute, Ford had kept the ball in play to launch a move featuring a break by Niall Morris and some badly misaligned Quins defence, allowing a 35-metre run-in for Andy Forsyth.

Ben Pienaar, the No 8, finished Leicester's third try at the corner, Ford converting, after 68 minutes. That was more bad news for Harlequins, still the Premiership leaders but chastened by the defeat at Connacht that knocked them out of the Heineken Cup. Their interest in the LV Cup was dependent on the Scarlets, the Pool Three leaders, falling short of a bonus-point win against London Irish last night.

Harlequins: R Chisholm; S Stegmann, B Urdapilleta (C Walker, 63), T Casson, T Williams; R Clegg, R Bolt (S Stuart, 51); M Lambert, R Buchanan, T Fairbrother (W Collier, 56), P Browne, C Matthews (T Vallejos, 65), L Wallace, T Guest (C York, 45), W Skinner (capt).

Leicester Tigers: N Morris; S Hamilton (M Smith, 56), D Mama, A Forsyth, A Lewington; G Ford, S Harrison (J Grindal, 63); B Stankovich, J Stevens, L Mulipola (J Harris, 63), C Green, G Kitchener, B Woods (capt), B Pienaar, T Armes (J Doyle, 56).

Referee: L Hodges (Wales)

Harlequins 9 Leicester Tigers 19

Harlequins

Pens: Clegg 3

 

 

Leicester Tigers

Tries: Forsyth, Lewington, Pienaar

Cons: Ford 2

News
people
Sport
Newcastle players celebrate, Mario Balotelli scores, Alan Pardew and Brendan Rodgers
footballNewcastle vs Liverpool , Arsenal vs Burnley, Chelsea vs QPR and Everton vs Swansea
News
i100Amazing Amazon review bomb
News
people
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
food + drinkFrom Mediterranean Tomato Tart to Raw Caramel Peanut Pie
News
Moss and Grimshaw arrive at the party
peopleKate Moss, Claudia Schiffer and Nick Grimshaw at Jonathan Ross's Halloween party
Arts and Entertainment
Armstrong, left, and Bain's writing credits include Peep Show, Fresh Meat, and The Old Guys
TVThe pair have presented their view of 21st-century foibles in shows such as Peep Show and Fresh Meat
News
i100
Extras
Boys to men: there’s nothing wrong with traditional ‘manly’ things, until masculinity is used to exclude people
indybest13 best grooming essentials
Travel
travelPurrrfect jet comes to Europe
Arts and Entertainment
Benedict Cumberbatch attends the London premiere of his new film The Imitation Game
people He's not as smart as his characters
Life and Style
healthMovember isn't about a moustache trend, it saves lives
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Bryan Adams' heartstopping images of wounded British soldiers to go on show at Somerset House

Bryan Adams' images of wounded soldiers

Taken over the course of four years, Adams' portraits are an astonishing document of the aftermath of war
The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities