sport news Leicester on cloud nine as George Ford maintain the Tigers' unbeaten record ...

sport news Leicester on cloud nine as George Ford maintain the Tigers' unbeaten record ...
sport news Leicester on cloud nine as George Ford maintain the Tigers' unbeaten record ...
Leicester 16-14 Harlequins: Hosts on cloud nine as George Ford eclipses Marcus Smith in the fly-half battle to maintain the Tigers' unbeaten record George Ford outclassed Marcus Smith - the man who stole his England shirt  Leicester hung on for a ninth straight win at an absolutely packed Welford Road Ford, who is leaving for Sale at the end of the season, was at the heart of the win 

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George Ford kicked Leicester on to cloud nine, continuing their unbeaten start to the season with an 11-point haul to outclass Marcus Smith — the man who stole his England shirt.

In front of the biggest Welford Road crowd for three years, the Tigers clung on for a ninth consecutive victory.  

This run, including the final day victory at Wasps last season, equals their longest stretch of victories in the Premiership — 10 in their winter pomp of 2001-02. 

George Ford (centre) eclipsed Marcus Smith (left), the man who stole his England shirt, in the battle of the fly-halves as Ford's Leicester beat Harlequins 16-14 at Welford Road on Sunday

George Ford (centre) eclipsed Marcus Smith (left), the man who stole his England shirt, in the battle of the fly-halves as Ford's Leicester beat Harlequins 16-14 at Welford Road on Sunday

Ford kicked 11 points and controlled the game beautifully from No 10 for Steve Borthwick's XV

Ford kicked 11 points and controlled the game beautifully from No 10 for Steve Borthwick's XV

And Ford, who is leaving for Sale in the summer, was at the heart of a blood-pumping win, as Harry Potter scored Tigers' only try.

Louis Lynagh scored a try and Smith kicked the rest of Harlequins' points, but was sin-binned as Ford proved a diamond, trumping the visitors' playmaker.

'George adapted how we played after the first quarter,' said Leicester coach Steve Borthwick of Ford.

'That's the

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