Tense victory gives Tigers sixth win on the bounce over bitter rivals Saints
Leicester Tigers recorded a sixth successive victory over local rivals Northampton Saints with a tense 16-12 Aviva Premiership win at Welford Road.
Matt Smith scored the only try of the game early in the second half to put Tigers ahead for the first time in the game after the sides had gone into the break tied at 6-6.
It was a lead they never looked like losing as Saints offered little in attack to slip to a third consecutive league defeat.
Tigers dominated territory and possession and their margin of victory could have been greater had fly-half George Ford not endured an uncharacteristically bad day with the boot.
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Not only did he miss five of eight penalty kicks but he also missed touch on several occasions while kicking out of hand.
It was only the 19-year-old's second start of the campaign having played second fiddle to Toby Flood all season and director of rugby said the "off day" was all part of his learning curve.
"George works hard on his kicking for hours so it was a surprise that he wasn't as good as he usually is," said Cockerill.
"But that is all part of his development. I will put my arm around him tonight, tell him everything is all right and he will start next week."
For the full story, read Monday's Leicester Mercury