Ben and Tom Youngs help Leicester Tigers to memorable win against European champions Toulon
Norfolk brothers Ben and Tom Youngs were in the thick of the action as Leicester memorably ended Toulon’s nine-match unbeaten run in Europe, with Owen Williams kicking 20 points to see the Tigers home 25-21 at Welford Road.
Toulon’s hopes of exerting a vice-like grip on Pool Three in the European Champions Cup were extinguished after Welsh fly-half Williams booted six penalties and converted lock Brad Thorn’s 19th-minute try.
Scrum-half Ben returned from England duty to captain his club side against the reigning European champions, while hooker Tom started just his second game since returning from a shoulder injury as he begins his bid to return to the England squad for the Six Nations.
Leicester were made to sweat following an impressive Toulon revival from 13-0 adrift as wings Bryan Habana and Drew Mitchell claimed touchdowns, while fly-half Nicolas Sanchez landed three penalties and a conversion.
The European champions still top their group, courtesy of a losing bonus point, but Leicester have moved themselves firmly into the shake-up prior to next Saturday’s quickfire return fixture at Stade Felix Mayol.
The Youngs brothers, who played junior rugby for both Holt and North Walsham, took to Twitter to celebrate the win after the match.
Ben (@BenYoungs09) said: “Thanks to everyone who sat or stood in the cold tonight at Welford Road your support and shouting was the best I’ve heard it for ages.”
While elder brother Tom (@TomYoungs87) said: “Awesome support tonight! Welford Rd was rocking! Great to be back playing in European rugby! Going to be another tough game next week!”