Billy Twelvetrees scored all of the points as Leicester Tigers extended their unbeaten run in the Premiership with a 29-11 win over London Wasps at Welford Road on Saturday.
Twelvetrees scored and converted a try in each half, and landed five penalties as Tigers made it six league games unbeaten.
It was the second time this season that Twelvetrees has scored all of the points against Wasps, the 23-year-old also scored 29 points against Tigers' old rivals at Adams Park in September.
Anthony Allen and Geoff Parling made their returns from injury, with Twelvetrees moving to flyhalf in the absence of Toby Flood, who was ruled out with a knee problem. Boris Stankovich, George Chuter and Tom Croft returned to the forward pack, and Steve Mafi packed down alongside Parling in the second row.
There was a return to Welford Road for former Tigers Marco Wentzel, who skippered Wasps, Tom Varndell and Matt Everard, who was on the bench.
There was no hint of what was to come when Twelvetrees' kick-off went straight into touch giving Wasps an early scrum put-in on halfway. They secured their own ball, and were then awarded a penalty which Elliot Daly knocked over from distance to give the visitors a 3-0 lead.
Clean lineout ball for Tom Croft gave Tigers their first platform in the Wasps 22 but a knock-on in midfield saw the chance go away.
Tigers went through the phases to force Wasps back to their 22 where Youngs tried to put Twelvetrees through a gap but his pass was knocked on by Rob Webber. Tigers kept up the pressure with a smart backs move that almost put Murphy away but when he was tackled, Tinus du Plessis failed to roll away, and Twelvetrees had a simple penalty to level the scores.
Wasps regained the lead from the restart. Tigers were unable to gather possession and when Wasps moved the ball left, Varndell set up a ruck before Berry darted down an unguarded flank for the first try of the game. Fly-half Ryan Davis was wide with the conversion.
Tigers came back with Cole and Smith making hard yards before Wasps were pinged at a ruck 30m out. Twelvetrees knocked over the penalty and the visitors held an 8-6 lead after 20 minutes.
Tigers survived a scare eight minutes later when Wasps overturned possession 40m out. Wentzel had an overlap on his right but was well tackled by Matt Smith and Tigers were able to scramble back in defence.
Tigers scored their first try in strange circumstances. Murphy's run took him past Varndell and Hugo Southwell, but his pass to Thomas Waldrom was knocked towards his own line by Varndell as he made a recovering tackle. The ball rolled towards the Wasps line and, with Wasps looking for the referee to award a knock-on against Waldrom, Twelvetrees was the quickest to react and dotted down.
Twelvetrees converted his try, and then exchanged penalties with Davis in the closing stages of the half to leave Tigers 16-11 ahead at the break.
Tigers were unchanged for the second-half, and had to weather some early Wasps pressure in the opening exchanges with Southwell making one 40m break before he was stopped by Youngs.
Youngs was at the heart of Tigers' first period possession in the second period, prompting wave after wave of Leicester attacks before the Wasps defence were pinged for slowing the ball down. Wentzel was spoken to by referee Tim Wigglesworth about the infringement before Twelvetrees' penalty put Tigers 19-11 ahead.
Good defence from Julian Salvi and Boris Stankovich halted Wasps as they attempted to make an instant response, with Daly penalised for holding on in the tackle. Salvi then showed quick-thinking in attack, creating a half-chance with a grubber kick for Murphy and then Horacio Agulla on the right but scrambled Wasps defence shut out the danger.
Wasps were reduced to 14 men when prop Tim Payne was yellow carded for preventing quick ball from Smith's break. Twelvetrees knocked over the penalty from distance to maintain his 100 per cent kicking record and put Tigers 22-11 up with 18 minutes remaining.
Tigers almost made the man advantage pay instantly but Allen was well tackled by Chris Mayor short of the Wasps line, and the visitors' replacement overturned possession at the same time.
The try did come with eight minutes remaining. Tom Croft, Rob Hawkins and Dan Cole made inroads and, with the advantage of a a penalty in front of the posts, Youngs continued to probe and picked out Twelvetrees to dive over from close range. Twelvetrees converted his try to extend Tigers' lead to 29-11.
In doing so, Twelvetrees helped Tigers make it just one defeat in their last 12 games. And the England Saxon also equalled his own club record that he set at Adams Park in September, that of highest points scorer for Tigers when only one player has been on the scoresheet.
Tries: Twelvetrees 2
Cons: Twelvetrees 2
Pens: Twelvetrees 5
Pens: Daly, Davis
Leicester: 15 Geordan Murphy (captain), 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Matt Smith, 12 Anthony Allen, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Billy Twelvetrees, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Tom Croft, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Steve Mafi, 3 Dan Cole, 2 George Chuter, 1 Boris Stankovich.
Replacements: 16 Rob Hawkins, 17 Julian White, 18 Logoviii Mulipola, 19 Ed Slater, 20 Ben Woods, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 Jeremy Staunton, 23 Scott Hamilton.
London Wasps: 15 Hugo Southwell, 14 Tom Varndell, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Riki Flutey, 11 Richard Haughton, 10 Ryan Davis, 9 Nic Berry, 8 Sam Jones, 7 Jonathan Poff, 6 Tinus Du Plessis, 5 Marco Wentzel (c), 4 Richard Birkett, 3 Ben Broster, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Tim Payne.
Replacements: 16 Tom Lindsay, 17 Bob Baker, 18 Jeremy Castex, 19 Mike Powell, 20 Matt Everard, 21 Joe Simpson, 22 Jack Wallace, 23 Chris Mayor.
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
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