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Rugby Union: HEINEKEN CUP: Wasps on brink of exit after Tigers roar.

Wasps boss Warren Gatland last night revealed his pain in facing up to his team's probable early Heineken Cup exit.

The European champions are unlikely to progress from the pool stage in defence of their title, after suffering a second defeat in successive weeks to Leicester.

The Tigers followed up their epic 37-31 victory away to Wasps last weekend by defeating them 35-27 in yesterday's Welford Road return.

It leaves Leicester in pole position to reach the quarter-finals but Wasps, who could in theory still progress as one of two best runners-up, are now relying on other results to work for them even if they beat Calvisano and Biarritz away next month.

Although Wasps matched Leicester 3-3 on tries, they were once again undone by the goal-kicking of Tigers fly-half Andy Goode, who booted 20 points from six penalties and a conversion.

Scrum-half Harry Ellis, hooker George Chuter and wing Leon Lloyd scored the Tigers tries, with Tom Voyce, Joe Worsley and Will Green replying for Wasps. Mark Van Gisbergen was on target with three conversions and two penalties.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Dec 13, 2004
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