Thompstone marks Tigers debut with hat-trick
Leicester Tigers 30 Exeter Chiefs 8
Winger Adam Thompstone scored a hat-trick on his league debut for Leicester Tigers as they enjoyed a comfortable Aviva Premiership win over Exeter Chiefs.
The former London Irish man scored one in the first half and two after the break as the home side got back to winning ways after two games without victory.
Fly-half Toby Flood kicked 15 points as he nailed six from six with the boot against an Exeter side that did the double over Tigers last season.
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Thompstone's first score came in just the seventh minute and his second arrived with a simple run-in after a pass from fellow debutant, Dan Bowden, on 45 minutes.
His third and final try came thanks to a wonderful chip through from Matt Smith, who celebrated a man-of-the-match performance 24 hours after getting engaged.
Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said he was delighted with his team performance after Scott Hamilton, Boris Stankovich and George Chuter were all late pull-outs from the match-day squad.
"We did very well to cope with the changes that we needed to make and it was an excelletn all-round showing," he said.
See Monday's Mercury for a full report.