Ben and Tom Youngs help Leicester Tigers to memorable win against European champions Toulon

11:29 08 December 2014

Leicester Tigers Ben Youngs (centre) is tackled by RC Toulon

Leicester Tigers Ben Youngs (centre) is tackled by RC Toulon's Florian Fresia (left) and Mamuka Gorgodze (right) during the Pool Three match of the European Rugby Champions Cup at Welford Road, Leicester. Picture: Nigel French/PA Wire.

PA Wire

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!”

England coach ‘cant wait’ for Norfolk hooker Tom Youngs to find full fitness with Leicester Tigers

Ben Youngs gets back to basics to rediscover his best form

Ben and Tom Youngs ready to begin quest for England World Cup selection with Leicester Tigers


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Eastern Daily Press visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Eastern Daily Press staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Eastern Daily Press account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest from the EDP


Most Read Sport

Most Commented Sport

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 18°C


Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the EDP
digital edition


Newsletter Sign Up