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Rugby Union: Tigers get a mauling; Leicester 33 Barbarians 55.

PREMIERSHIP champions Leicester were left floundering by a star-studded Barbarian side in yesterday's Scottish Amicable Trophy clash at Twickenham.

The Baa-Baas, skippered by South Africa's World Cup-winning captain Francois Pienaar, scored nine tries. The Tigers were blown away during a one-sided first half which left them 31-14 adrift.

Although tries by forwards Lewis Moody and Dorian West briefly threatened a recovery, the Barbarians pulled away in emphatic fashion.

The Barbarians opened in thrilling style, South African full-back Andre Joubert touching down after five minutes, before New Zealand centre Walter Little claimed an interception try as Leicester attempted to attack from deep.

French fly-half Thomas Castaignede converted both scores and Leicester had a mountain to climb.

Tigers' youngster James Ferris claimed an opportunist try from deep inside his own half, full-back Geordan Murphy converting, but Baa-Baas hit back as French skipper Raphael Ibanez's robust charge was rounded off by Harlequins' player-coach Zinzan Brooke.

Joubert claimed his second try before magician Castaignede added another try. All Leicester could manage in reply was a consolation injury-time effort from Moody, which Murphy improved.

In the second half the Barbarians made certain of victory when South African wing James Small and replacement Glen Osborne crossed in quick succession.

Tigers' prop Graham Rowntree added a further try, but the Barbarians completed a comprehensive success through touchdowns from French wing Philippe Bernat-Salles and Osborne again.

LEICESTER.- Tries: Ferris, Gustard, Moody, Rowntree, West. Cons: Murphy 3, Stimpson. BARBARIANS.- Tries: Joubert 2, Osborne 2, Bernat-Salles, Brooke, Castaignede, Little, Small. Cons: Castaignede 5. Att: 40,000
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 24, 1999
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