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Match Reaction: Leicester Tigers 47 London Irish 20

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill was delighted to see his troops get back to winning ways with victory over London Irish on Sunday.

The Tigers moved back into the top four with a routine seven-try victory at Welford Road that ended a three-match Aviva Premiership Rugby losing streak.

Adam Thompstone grabbed a double while Harry Thacker, Lachlan McCaffrey, Jono Kitto, Tom Croft and Jean de Villiers also crossed.

Tigers have not lost four in a row in the league since 2004 and Cockerill was delighted with the response shown by side against the team sitting bottom of the table.

"It was a good win, happy to get it and get back on track,” he said.

"It was against a side that are struggling a bit, but we'll take the five points and no injuries. Everyone got a good run out and we've got three big weeks ahead.”

After three successive losses to Sale Sharks, Newcastle Falcons and Harlequins, this victory over the Exiles moved the Tigers back into fourth.

And the centre pairing of Manu Tuilagi and de Villiers – the latter crossing for a try on his first start for the club – was particularly pleasing to Cockerill.

England face Wales in a crunch Six Nations clash in two weeks time and the director of rugby is not sure if Tuilagi will be ready for international duty by then. 

"Him and Jean de Villiers are getting a centre partnership together,” he added.

"He will be with England on Monday and Tuesday and then return to play for us at the weekend.

"I'm not privy to selection with England. We'll have to see if he's ready to play against Wales."

This was a tough defeat for the Exiles who are bottom of the table but did summon a bit of a response in the second half with three tries.

David Paice, Joe Trayfoot and Andy Fenby all went over but it was too little too late for a side that shipped a bonus point before the interval.

And head coach Tom Coventry admitted his side had lost to the better team on the day.

"I thought Leicester were pretty good today. They were pretty belligerent, we knew they would be,” he said.

"They played a real through-the-middle style of football, at times we contained their drive well but we missed tackles at vital times and individual mistakes were probably the difference.

"We're just going to have to be better against Bath Rugby and prepare for them to do a pretty comprehensive job."
 
Leicester: Tait; Thompstone, Tuilagi, de Villiers, Veainu (Goneva, 52); Burns (Bell, 67), Kitto (Harrison, 61); Ayerza (Brugnara, 62), Thacker (Van Vuuren, 61), Balmain (Mulipola, 62), Fitzgerald (Pearce, 67), Barrow, Croft, McCaffrey (Williams, 53), Slater

 
London Irish: Maitland (Williams, 56); Ojo, Hearn, Mulchrone, Fenby; Brophy Clews (Geraghty, 47), Steele (Allinson, 67); Smallbone (Court, 67), Paice (Cruse, 67), Aulika (Halavatau, 53), Lloyd (Sexton, 53), Stooke, Narraway, Cowan, Treviranus (Trayfoot, 53)
 
SCORERS
 
Leicester
Tries: Thompstone 2, Thacker, McCaffrey, Kitto, Croft, de Villiers
Conversions: Burns 5, Bell
 
London Irish
Tries: Paice, Trayfoot, Fenby
Conversion: Geraghty
Penalty: Brophy-Clews
 
Attendance: 23,173
Referee: Ian Tempest 
 

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