Twelvetrees impresses in No 10 role
Leicester 29 Wasps 11
Monday 09 January 2012
The Leicester head coach, Richard Cockerill, heaped praise on Billy Twelvetrees after the stand-in fly-half scored all his team's points in a 29-11 win over Wasps at Welford Road. Twelvetrees scored two tries, which he converted, and five penalties as Tigers overcame a slow start to overwhelm a doughty Wasps side.
"Billy has improved this year out of sight," Cockerill said. "His ball-carrying has been really good for us and, as you saw, his goal-kicking was very, very good."
Twelvetrees was playing inside Anthony Allen, who has only just returned from a long-term injury, and the combination took some time to bed in, with Wasps taking an early advantage.
"Billy was a bit rusty at 10 because he's not played there for a little while, and Anthony Allen at 12 hadn't played for three months, so that combination was a little bit rusty," Cockerill said. "It was a little bit laboured but you have to give credit to Wasps."
Twelvetrees insisted that, despite his 29-point haul, he was not at his best. "My overall game at 10 was a little bit rusty, and we weren't very fluent in the first half, but in the second half we brought a different intensity," he said. "The forwards started to dominate and that makes it easier."
But he played down talk of an England call-up: "For me it's just about helping Leicester out and playing well in the Leicester shirt."
The Wasps director of rugby, Dai Young, was pleased with his side's defensive effort but admitted they had come against a team with more firepower.
"Some of our defence was heroic," Young said. "But you can't spend the amount of time defending that we did against a side like that. Unfortunately, when we did get in the right areas a line-out went astray or we gave a couple of penalties away."
Leicester: Tries Twelvetrees 2; Conversions Twelvetrees 2; Penalties Twelvetrees 5. Wasps: Try Berry; Penalties Daly, Davis.
Leicester G Murphy (capt); H Agulla (S Hamilton, 64), M Smith, A Allen (J Staunton, 75), A Tuilagi; B Twelvetrees, B Youngs (S Harrison, 72); B Stankovich (L Mulipola, 72), G Chuter (R Hawkins, 15), D Cole (J White, 75), S Mafi, G Parling, T Croft, J Salvi (B Woods, 75), T Waldrom (E Slater, 70).
Wasps H Southwell; T Varndell (G Wallace, 62), E Daly, R Flutey, R Haughton (C Mayor, 49); R Davis, N Berry (J Simpson, 51); T Payne, R Webber (T Lindsay, 72), B Broster (J Castex, 72), R Birkett, M Wentzel (capt), T Du Plessis (B Baker, 68), J Poff, S Jones.
Referee T Wrigglesworth (RFU).
Phil Jagielka: I may never win back England place, says Everton defender
Mario Balotelli: Staff at arson-hit Manchester Dogs' Home convinced Liverpool striker is behind five-figure donation
Rio Ferdinand mocks Jamie Carragher's Liverpudlian accent... but Liverpool man hits back at Londoner
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Comment: Alan Pardew is just a stooge for Mike Ashley who runs Newcastle like his shops – cheap foreign imports and a tame manager
- 2 Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 4 The response to my Pizza Express review has been overwhelming, and taught me a lot about journalism
- 5 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned into a PR disaster
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God