Tigers tops in thriller

Leicester Tigers beat Cardiff Blues 7-6 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out after the semi ended 26-all at the Millennium Stadium.

Leicester led 26-12 after 75 minutes but two late scores sent the match into extra time, and after a scoreless added 20 minutes, the match went to an historic penalty shoot-out.

Blues flanker Martyn Williams was the last player to miss, as Leicester No 8 Jordan Crane slotted the final kick. It was an emotional end to the game as Williams was consoled by non-playing Leicester captain Martin Corry after he missed.

The Tigers will now face Leinster in the surprise final of the European Cup, after Munster were knocked out yesterday. The defending champs hold seven Lions players, while Cardiff have six versus just the solitary individual (Harry Ellis) of Leicester.