Rugby Union: ELL FOR SAINTS; LEICESTER..............32 NORTHAMPTON.....13 Tigers' cub Harry runs them ragged.
The door has been opened after Matt Dawson was dropped from the squad this week.
And with defence coach Phil Larder watching, 22-year-old Ellis scored a try, made another and ran Northampton ragged.
Flanker Neil Back and wings Austin Healey and Seru Rabeni also scored tries as the visitors could only respond with two penalties from Shane Drahm and a Wylie Human try.
Larder will also have noted down the name of teenager Ross Broadfoot.
The 19-year-old goal- kicking star drilled over four conversions and two pen- alties on his debut.
With Martin Johnson and Damien Browne in the sin-bin, both sides opened their account with Healey scoring a controversial opener.
Ellis produced a 50-metre break down the right-hand touchline and his chip saw the ball break for Healey, with ref Tony Spreadbury ruling he had applied enough downward pressure.
Drahm and Broadfoot traded penalties and Drahm kept Northampton in touch.
Leicester's forwards kept on driving towards the line from five metres out and the pressure told when a spin off the edge of the maul saw Back credited with the try and Broadfoot converting.
Broadfoot added another penalty in the second half, then converted from the touchline after Ellis' dart into the corner from the back of a five-metre scrum.
Rabeni claimed Leicester's fourth try after 65 minutes.
Leicester coach John Wells said of Ellis: "The tries he scores are because he can beat players. He's got great pace but he's also got great strength."
He added: "Ross Broadfoot did very well. You can't underestimate the importance of his position and for a 19-year-old he came in, kicked his goals and did his defensive bits and pieces."
Saints captain Corne Krige said: "We were right in it at half-time but they turned the screw in the second half."
Coach Alan Solomons added: "We dug our own grave with the number of errors we made."LEICESTER Tries: Healey, Back, Ellis, Rabeni. Cons: Broadfoot 3. Pens: Broadfoot 2.
NORTHAMPTON Tries: Human. Cons: Drahm. Pens: Drahm 2.
GETTING SHIRTY: Leicester's former England captain Martin Johnson slugs it out with Saints' Damien Browne
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|Publication:||Sunday Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Sep 26, 2004|
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