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  • Flood, Tait, Croft, Youngs, Goneva,
    Penalty goals: Flood,
    Conversions: Flood (2),
32 - 20

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  • Ojo, Corbisiero, Yarde,
    Penalty goals: Humphreys,
    Conversions: Humphreys,
  • Aviva Premiership
  • 4th May 2013
  • KO 14:30
  • Ground: Welford Road
  • Att: 24,000

Aviva Premiership: Leicester Tigers beat London Irish 32-20 at Welford Road

Last updated: 4th May 2013   Subscribe to RSS Feed

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Ben Youngs: Added the second try for the Tigers

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Tom Croft: Went over for the first try for Leicester Tigers at Welford Road

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Leicester Tigers ran in five tries as they beat London Irish 32-20 at Welford Road to secure a home Aviva Premiership semi-final next Saturday.

Tom Croft and Ben Youngs notched first-half tries, while replacement Mathew Tait and Niki Goneva touched down in the second period.

Toby Flood also scored a try and added a penalty and two conversions, as the Tigers won to confirm second spot in the table behind Saracens and stay on course for a record ninth successive Aviva Premiership final.

Alex Corbisiero, Topsy Ojo and Marland Yarde scored tries for the visitors, with Ian Humphreys kicking a penalty and conversion.

Leicester recalled club captain Geordan Murphy and Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni and picked all their six members of the British and Irish Lions squad, in a match they needed to earn two points from to be certain of a home draw.

There was a 24,000 sell-out crowd at sun-drenched Welford Road and Irish started strongly, Humphreys' third minute penalty reward for a concerted attack.

But Leicester drew level thanks to a Flood penalty three minutes later and then hit the visitors with two tries in the space of three minutes.


Croft finished off a slick handling move in the 14th minute and fellow Lion Youngs then handed off England prop Corbisiero before making a 22-metre dash for the line.

Tait replaced Leicester centre Anthony Allen at half time and within eight minutes he had got himself on the scoresheet.

His try came after an Irish clearance which was taken by winger Niall Morris. The Tigers spread the ball wide, Manu Tuilagi made the all-important break and Tait finished it off, Flood kicking his first conversion to make it 20-3.

The visitors, however, struck back immediately with a short range try from a ruck by Corbisiero which was converted by Humphreys.

But Leicester responded with their fourth try to earn a bonus point, Goneva sprinting over from Flood's one-handed flick-on after great work by lock Graham Kitchener. Flood kicked the conversion to make it 27-10.

Flood then made it 32-10 with a try and conversion before Irish wing Ojo won the race to a chip from replacement Shane Geraghty for the visitors' second try, with fellow winger Yarde scoring a fabulous solo effort with just over a minute left.

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