Leicester Tigers dominated the first half before going on to beat Northampton 23-15 in the East Midlands derby at Twickenham. The match was switched from Franklin’s Gardens to raise money for Northampton’s former Australia centre Rob Horne who was left with paralysis in his right arm after a collision in a match against the Tigers at Welford Road in April.
However, it was Leicester who made the best start, scoring 17 unanswered first-half points to lead 20-10 at the break.
Jamie Gibson opened the scoring for Saints but Ben Youngs and Jordan Olowofela went over for the ‘visitors’ before David Ribbans touched down to bring Northampton to within 10 points.
Mike Haywood was driven over from a maul to aid Saints’ cause but George Ford landed 13 points, including a second-half penalty, to ensure the points went to Leicester, while Dan Biggar missed all three conversion attempts for the ‘home’ side.
While the result was paramount for Leicester, it was really all about Horne who brought the ball out for kick-off to a standing ovation, with more than 40,000 fans in the stands.