'You want a kiss mate?' Bizarre scenes at Welford Road as Leicester Tigers vs Northampton Saints ends in mass brawl
By Rugby Onslaught

‘You want a kiss mate?’ Bizarre scenes at Welford Road as Leicester Tigers vs Northampton Saints ends in mass brawl

The weekend’s standout derby fixture between Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints ended in a violent mass brawl as players have to be dragged apart at Welford Road.

The home side were winning 28-17 when tempers spilled over on the 78th minute.

This had been Leicester Tigers strongest performance for some time on the back of a humiliating defeat last week at Wasps.

The game had been a tense affair with a number of flair ups occurring across the match but this incident really put a dampaner on the afternoon with virtually all players on the field becoming involved in the melee.

At one point we hear a player say, ‘we’ll meet after in the car park!’, much to the disamy of the referee, Wayne Barnes, who immediately blew on his whistle to call in the worst offenders in the mass brawl.

Leicester emerged as winners from this clash on a special day for the club with scrum-half Ben Youngs making his 250th appearance for the club.

After the match, his father Nick Youngs came into the dressing room to address the team. Nick also used to play for Leicester Tigers and England.

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