15Telusa Veainu, FB
14Adam Thompstone, W
13Manu Tuilagi, C
12Matt Toomua, C
11Jonny May, W
10George Ford, FH
9Ben Youngs, SH
1Ellis Genge, P
2Tatafu Polota-Nau, H
3Dan Cole, P
4Michael Fitzgerald, L
5Graham Kitchener, L
6Luke Hamilton, FL
7Brendon O'Connor, FL
8Sione Kalamafoni, N8
16Tom Youngs, R
17Greg Bateman, R
18Logovi'i Mulipola, R
19Harry Wells, R
20Mike Williams, R
21Sam Harrison, R
22Mathew Tait, R
23Jonah Holmes, R

*Players currently on the pitch are shown in bold

Game Info

Venue: Welford Road
2:45 PM, April 27, 2018
Capacity: 24,000

Match Commentary

81'23-23 Try - Ally Hogg , Newcastle Falcons
81'+623-25 End of second half
81'+623-25 Conversion - Tane Takulua , Newcastle Falcons
80'The flags go up and Newcastle have snatched it! Advantage Falcons in the race for the top four, Leicester's race is run. They will not be in the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Unbelievable.
80'TRY! Boos ring out at Welford Road as after four minutes of deliberations Pearce awards the try. All eyes on Sonatane Takulua's conversion attempt.
80'TRY? Seventeen phases later, the majority on the Leicester line and Ally Hogg thinks he's grounded the ball. We're going upstairs.
79'Leicester's 14 men do well to drive Newcastle back, but the visitors come again..
78'Socino does his job, as he boots the ball to the five-metre line...
78'Yellow card! Kalamafoni is sin-binned after he disrupts Falcons possession in offside position. Fitzgerald is heading off for an HIA too.
78'Substitute on - Harry Wells , Leicester Tigers
78'Player substituted - Michael Fitzgerald , Leicester Tigers
78'Yellow card - Sione Kalamafoni , Leicester Tigers
77'Leicester survive the lineout but Sam Harrison's clearance is not a good one.
76'Socino puts a grubber into the Leicester 22 and the hosts will have a defensive lineout.
75'Newcastle are in possession, and back in the Leicester half.
74'Player substituted - Ben Youngs , Leicester Tigers
74'Substitute on - Sam Harrison , Leicester Tigers
72'An excellent hit on Young from May keeps Newcastle pinned on their own 22, before the scrum-half can get to his feet and box-kick clear.
72'Substitute on - Tane Takulua , Newcastle Falcons
72'Player substituted - Michael Young , Newcastle Falcons
71'Socino's conversion drops wide though and the Falcons remain five points adrift.
71'Substitute on - Mike Williams , Leicester Tigers
71'Player substituted - Luke Hamilton , Leicester Tigers
71'Substitute on - Alex Tait , Newcastle Falcons
71'Player substituted - Simon Hammersley , Newcastle Falcons
71'Substitute on - Rob Vickers , Newcastle Falcons
71'Player substituted - Sam Lockwood , Newcastle Falcons
69'TRY! Goneva is again used as the Falcons lineout drive slows to take his side towards the Tigers line. Newcastle work through the phases under the goal posts before the play is diverted to the right wing where the ex-Leicester wing is waiting to score his second try of the match.
69'23-18 Try - Vereniki Goneva , Newcastle Falcons
68'Substitute on - Greg Bateman , Leicester Tigers
68'Player substituted - Ellis Genge , Leicester Tigers
68'Substitute on - Logovi'i Mulipola , Leicester Tigers
68'Player substituted - Dan Cole , Leicester Tigers
67'Two carries from Goneva help take the Falcons into the hosts' 22.
66'Newcastle are finding it hard to get out of their half at the moment. They are really missing Hodgson's kicking ability.
65'Toomua is coming off for Leicester, and he looks to be wincing as he does so.
65'Substitute on - Mathew Tait , Leicester Tigers
65'Player substituted - Matt Toomua , Leicester Tigers
62'A wonderful kick from Ben Youngs, a great chase from Hamilton and Adam Thompstone and Sinoti is bundled into touch. Tigers are firing.
61'Ford dissects the posts and Newcastle need at least two scores.
61'Substitute on - Santiago Socino , Newcastle Falcons
61'Player substituted - Scott Lawson , Newcastle Falcons
61'23-13 Penalty goal - George Ford , Leicester Tigers
60'That penalty goes to the hosts, and Ford is lining up another shot at goal.
59'Trevor Davison gives away a free kick at the scrum and he and Genge both warned the next infringement will be a penalty.
56'Socino is playing out of position and that kick showed it, an ugly up and under that goes out on the full to hand the hosts an attacking platform.
55'20-13 Conversion - George Ford , Leicester Tigers
54'TRY! Leicester aren't denied for long. Newcastle struggle to deal with the Tigers drive, and with a penalty coming against Graham, Fitzgerald picks up to score after Ben Youngs is denied.
54'18-13 Try - Michael Fitzgerald , Leicester Tigers
53'A brilliant kick from Ford takes Leicester into the corner.
51'Leicester keep the ball in the scrum to try and win the penalty, and they do exactly that. Ford can ease the pressure with a booming clearance.
50'Substitute on - Tom Youngs , Leicester Tigers
50'Player substituted - Tatafu Polota-Nau , Leicester Tigers
49'NO TRY! Newcastle lose the ball inches from the Leicester line and as the ball is booted upfield, Josh Matavesi is unable to gather the wet ball and Ben Youngs races onto it to touch down. However, play is called all the way back to the Leicester line for a pair of knock ons.
48'Goneva takes advantage of another lineout move to take the Falcons into the Leicester 22.
45'Matt Toomua appears to be struggling with an injury.
43'The hosts set the drive but despite the heft of several backs being added to the charge, Newcastle -- and Gary Graham in particular -- do well to force the turnover. Scrum to the Falcons.
42'Leicester win the penalty from the scrum and Ford boots the ball towards the corner.
41'Kalamafoni gathers Socino's kick off and we're back underway at Welford Road.

Hammersley knocks the ball in contact, and Tigers will have the first scrum of the second half.
41'13-13 End of first half
40'It is Newcastle who win the free kick, however, and Young boots the ball out of play to bring an end to an entertaining opening 40 minutes.
40'A big scrum on the stroke of half-time. The Tigers are inside Ford's range and will want to eke a penalty.
40'13-13 Start of second half
38'13-13 Penalty goal - Juan Pablo Socino , Newcastle Falcons
37'This time the Falcons do get their drive going and Scott Lawson makes inroads, aided by Goneva. Following a further phase, O'Connor thinks he has stolen a turnover but Pearce deems he did so illegally.
36'Leicester push the Falcons drive back, but they have done so illegally and we'll have another lineout.
35'Sinoti Sinoti makes a good break on the left wing to take Newcastle into the Tigers 22, and as the hosts slow the ball down Pearce comes back for an earlier penalty. Socino kicks it to the corner.
32'Another scrappy lineout but the ball bounces the way of the hosts and they are on the attack.
31'13-10 Penalty goal - George Ford , Leicester Tigers
29'Calum Green penalised for making contact in the air at a lineout and Ford will have another shot at goal.
28'Micky Young forced to scramble back after Leicester win the resulting scrum against the head and the ball is kicked behind the Newcastle defence.
28'The Leicester medical team's turn to run on after Tatafu Polota-Nau falls awkwardly at a scrum.
25'Socino's first real involvement at No. 10 is to kick the ball out on the full.
25'Hodgson is receiving treatment to what looks like a knee injury. Newcastle will not want to lose a third player to injury in the first half, but it looks as though the fly-half will have to limp off.
25'Player substituted - Joel Hodgson , Newcastle Falcons
25'Substitute on - Juan Pablo Socino , Newcastle Falcons
24'10-10 Penalty goal - George Ford , Leicester Tigers
23'Mark Wilson penalised for not releasing under the posts. Tigers try to take it quickly but referee Luke Pearce calls it back as the kicking tee had already been sent on.
21'Another horrible lineout from Leicester gives Newcastle possession on halfway but as the ball comes wide, O'Connor does brilliantly to get over the ball and force the penalty.
19'Scott Wilson has failed his HIA, and will not return to the action.
16'Telusa Veainu gets the home crowd on its feet as an electric break and offload takes Leicester into the Falcons half. As the play is spread right Ellis Genge adds some heft and a deft touch but it is the prop who later knocks on to give the visitors a scrum.
15'After 16 phases and with Leicester bogged down on the Falcons 22, Ben Youngs passes back for Ford but his drop goal attempt is ugly and doesn't ever trouble the posts.
15'Player substituted - Sean Robinson , Newcastle Falcons
15'Substitute on - Will Witty , Newcastle Falcons
15'Drop goal-missed
13'Big carries from Kalamafoni and Hamilton take Leicester up towards the Newcastle 22.
12'7-10 Penalty goal - Joel Hodgson , Newcastle Falcons
11'Luke Hamilton penalised for killing the ball at the breakdown.

Time has been stopped as Scott Wilson receives treatment following a collision with Sione Kalamafoni.
11'Player substituted - Scott Wilson , Newcastle Falcons
11'Substitute on - Trevor Davison , Newcastle Falcons
8'All of a sudden Leicester have their tails up and Joel Hodgson is charged down by Mike Fitzgerald near halfway. Simon Hammersley does well to mop up for the Falcons though.
7'7-7 Conversion - George Ford , Leicester Tigers
6'TRY! The Falcons defence does well to get back but Leicester keep possession and after going through a few phases close to the goal line, Ford gives it to Manu Tuilagi who pops a pass for Jonny May to slide over.
6'5-7 Try - Jonny May , Leicester Tigers
4'Leicester's turn to have a lineout, and Brendan O'Connor finds a gap in the Newcastle defence.
3'0-7 Conversion - Joel Hodgson , Newcastle Falcons
2'TRY! Off the first lineout of the evening, Niki Goneva finds some space and there is no stopping him afterwards. Dan Cole sold by a dummy there.

The former Leicester wing refuses to celebrate, but his Newcastle teammates are delighted. What a start for the Falcons!
2'0-5 Try - Vereniki Goneva , Newcastle Falcons
1'George Ford boots the ball deep into Falcons territory and we are underway.
1'Leicester's players are welcomed onto the Welford Road pitch by a live guitarist amid a blaze of fireworks. Stage set..
1'Defeat would leave Tigers staring at a first season in 14 years without European Cup rugby. The stakes are high at Welford Road.
1'Hello and welcome to live coverage of Leicester's Aviva Premiership clash with Newcastle at Welford Road.

The Tigers need to win to maintain their hopes of a place in the end-of-season playoffs, while defeat would extinguish them. The Falcons need eight points to be absolutely sure of fourth place, while victory could be enough depending on how Gloucester and Sale fare this weekend.
1'0-0 Start of first half