Powerful Leicester prove too strong for under-strength and off-colour Scarlets

• Leicester 40-23 Scarlets

Leicester have reserved some of their least impressive performances in Europe for Belfast but they will need to beat Ulster there next weekend to put themselves in contention for the knockout stages. With Toulon on course to win Pool Three and all the second-placed teams in the other four pools better placed than the Tigers at the start of the fifth round, victory may not even be enough – and Leicester are unlikely to meet a defence akin to that of the Scarlets, which resembled unset putty.

The Welsh team were without six injured international players and were reduced to their fourth-choice hooker in their quest for a first away victory for 11 months. Their defence was fourth-rate, as first-up tacklers were brushed off far too easily. The first five of Leicester’s six tries all came as a result of the Tigers opting for set pieces rather than taking kickable penalties.

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