In the history of the Premieship Leicester Tigers have been one of the most consistent clubs in the competition, making the play-offs every year since 2004 and winning the Premiership trophy four times in twelve years. We take a look back at some of their most impressive stats since the Premiership’s inception.
Biggest win: 83 – 10 v Newcastle at Welford Road on 19th February 2005, with Tigers scoring 11 tries during the match. Even though Falcons got on the scoreboard thanks to a Mark Mayerhofler try and a Tom May penalty, Leicester thrashed the visitors with scores from Neil Back (2), Daryl Gibson, Austin Healey, Will Johnson, Leon Lloyd (2), Geordan Murphy, Ollie Smith (2) and Henry Tuilagi.
Most tries: A 72 – 37 win against West Hartlepool on 16th May 1999 saw 12 tries scored for the home team, as well as five tries for the visitors. During the match openside Neil Back helped himself to a hat-trick and Austin Healey and Geordan Murphy helped themselves to a brace each.
Most penalty goals: On two separate occasions the Tigers have scored 8 penalties in a match: once against Gloucester on 2nd December 2000 when they won 31 – 28 at Welford Road (with Tim Stimpson getting all 8 penalties as well as a conversion); the other game was a 27 – 27 draw with Sale Sharks on 28th January 2006 with legendary fly-half Andy Goode booting all eight.
Leicester have often relied on the accuracy of their kickers’ boots with the team having scored 7 penalties a match during 10 separate fixtures as well as 6 during another 14 games.
Most consecutive games without defeat: Leicester’s best run was seventeen games without defeat, between 26th December 1999 and 6th September 2000. Additionally, they had an undefeated series of 15 matches between September 2004 and February 2005. Leicester’s winning streaks are some of the most impressive in Premiership history.
Most consecutive games without a win: Leicester’s worse run of form was between 4th October 2003 and 1 November 2003 when they lost five games in a row. By February 2004 Leicester’s lack of success on the field and a failure to make the play-offs saw Director of Rugby Dean Richards lose his position. Standards have always remained notoriously high at the Welford Road club.
Most wins in a season: During the 1998/1999 season Leicester won 22 of their 26 games, scoring 86 tries with an impressive points difference of +348, finishing the season six points above runners up and local rivals Northampton Saints.
That season is still Leicester’s most prolific in terms of tries being scored, with the team having only scored 57 last year. When the Tigers last won the Premiership title – back in 2012/13 – they scored 64 5-pointers in total.
Most matches: Geordan Murphy made 205 appearances for his beloved team, starting 189 of those games. Throughout his career he scored 57 Premiership tries, 28 conversions, 24 penalties and 5 drop goals. George Chuter is in second place with 194 games and former England captain Martin Corry in third with 181.
Most tries: It is not a back that has scored the most tries for Leicester but a forward: Neil Back went over for 59 tries in 128 matches. The aforementioned Murphy is in second on 57 and Alesana Tuilagi third on 47 from 109 appearances. Efficiency.
Most points in a season: Fulback Tim Stimpson scored 321 points in the 1999/2000 season: 5 tries, 52 conversions, 63 penalties and 1 drop goal. Andy Goode is in second place with 268 points during the 2004/2005 season and Stimpson in third with 260 from the 2000/01 season.
Most points in a match: Tim Stimpson scored 32 points in one match against Newcastle on 21st September 2002 during a 52 – 9 victory via 4 conversions, 7 penalties and a drop goal. Moreover, Stimpson also accumulated 31 points against Saracens on 24th February 2001.
Highest percentage of matches won: Canadian Dave Lougheed, who was both a centre and a wing, won 32 of the 35 games he played in between 1998 and 2000 with one draw, giving him a 92.85% success rate. Current Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill also has an impressive percentage with 84.65% – winning 73 of the 88 games he was involved in throughout his playing career.
Local derby statistic: Alesana Tuilagi scored five times in eleven matches against Northampton Saints, winning second of those games.
Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena