Newcastle 45-26 Leicester: Mateo Carreras scores three tries as his hat-trick defeats Tigers


Newcastle 45-26 Leicester: Mateo Carreras scores three tries as his hat-trick condemns Richard Wigglesworth to another defeat and dents the 39-year-old’s chances of succeeding Steve Borthwick as Tigers boss

  • Mateo Carreras scored three tries as Newcastle sauntered to a 45-26 victory
  • It was a big loss for Richard Wigglesworth as he tries to become Leicester boss
  • Wigglesworth is hoping to replace new England head coach Steve Borthwick
  • The 39-year-old said his team ‘didn’t get a lot right in terms of discipline’ 

Argentina speedster Mateo Carreras delivered three big blows to Richard Wigglesworth’s hopes of succeeding Steve Borthwick as Leicester boss.

The Argentinian made the Tigers resemble pussycats with a first-half hat-trick at Kingston Park.

It was a second damaging defeat following the 40-5 thrashing at Sale Sharks for Wigglesworth since taking over as interim boss when Borthwick switched to England.

Mateo Carreras scored a hat-trick of tries for Newcastle against Leicester in the 45-26 victory

Mateo Carreras scored a hat-trick of tries for Newcastle against Leicester in the 45-26 victory

Wigglesworth said: ‘I don’t think anyone saw the last couple of weeks coming. The first half an hour killed us. We didn’t get a lot right in terms of discipline and were under too much pressure.’

Carreras added: ‘I love playing here. The fans have been unbelievable since I came to Newcastle with their support. We are moving in the right direction.’

Leicester face Clermont Auvergne in their next game as they look to bounce back from this defeat.  

Wigglesworth is the Leicester Tigers' interim boss and has struggled in the job so far

Wigglesworth is the Leicester Tigers’ interim boss and has struggled in the job so far

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