Handré Pollard inspires Leicester to Champions Cup win against Stormers

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  • Pool 4: Leicester 35-26 Stormers
  • Pollard scores 20 points, including a try, in bonus-point victory

It is a lopsided rugby world when a leading South African province has to travel up to Europe with a below‑strength side in the depths of December to play an English club bolstered significantly by a couple of Springbok World Cup winners. The chances of Handré Pollard sending his compatriots home empty-handed always felt pretty high and, sure enough, 20 points from their high-profile fly‑half was enough to secure a valuable bonus-point victory for the hosts.

The coup de grace was slightly delayed, however, as an initially under-par Leicester flirted with potential embarrassment before Pollard’s haul and a couple of tries from the powerful centre Solomone Kata tipped the contest towards the Tigers. It was not until Pollard converted his own 74th‑minute try to put his side 30-23 ahead that normal service looked like being restored, with the winger Josh Bassett sliding over for the crucial fourth try in the final minute.

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Written by Robert Kitson at Mattioli Woods Welford Road
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/dec/10/leicester-stormers-champions-cup-rugby-union-match-report under the title “Handré Pollard inspires Leicester to Champions Cup win against Stormers”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.