Leicester Tigers sealed their place in the Anglo Welsh LV Cup Semi-finals when they beat Newcastle Falcons 24-13 at Welford Road on Saturday afternoon.
The victory means that Leicester have secured their spot in the play-offs but despite fielding 11 internationals in their starting XV, they did not have things going their own way.
Number eight Thomas Waldrom opened the scoring after the tigers opted to turn down a kickable penalty and instead opted to kick for the touchline.
Jeremy Staunton slotted the conversion before adding two further penalties but Newcastle struck back with two spot-kicks of their own from Jimmy Gopperth.
Staunton added two further penalties to give Leicester a 19-6 lead at the break.
Their only points of the second half came through a try by George Skivington and the Falcons fought back with a try by Gopperth which he also converted.
Final Score Leicester 24 (19) Newcastle 13 (6)
Tries: Waldrom, Skivington
Penalties: Staunton 4
Penalties: Gopperth 2
Leicester Tigers: 15 Niall Morris , 14 Horacio Agulla , 13 Matt Smith , 12 Anthony Allen , 11 Scott Hamilton , 10 Jeremy Staunton , 9 Sam Harrison , 1 Marcos Ayerza , 2 George Chuter , 3 Julian White , 4 George Skivington , 5 Graham Kitchener , 6 Steve Mafi , 7 Ben Woods (c) , 8 Thomas Waldrom
Replacements , 16 Rob Hawkins , 17 Logoviii Mulipola , 18 Ryan Bower , 19 Craig Newby , 20 Julian Salvi , 21 James Grindal , 22 Toby Flood , 23 Andy Forsyth
Newcastle: 15 Greg Goosen, 14 Ryan Shortland, 13 Corne Uys, 12 James Fitzpatrick, 11 Suka Hufanga, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Chris Pilgrim, 1 Jonny Golding, 2 Rob Vickers, 3 James Hall, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 5 Tim Swinson, 6 Ally Hogg, 7 Richard Mayhew, 8 Mark Wilson
Replacements: 16 Joe Graham, 17 Darren Fearn, 18 Ashley Wells, 19 Richard Boyle, 20 Taiasina Tu'ifua, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Jamie Helleur, 23 Joel Hodgson