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Leicester clinch win over London Irish

13 Sep 2003
Leicester clinch win over London Irish

It was a battle of the boots in the first-half as neither side managed to cross over the line, although London Irish, who enjoyed the bulk of the possession, looked most likely to do so. The Tigers fullback and Exiles fly-half Mark Mapletoft traded penalties as the teams went into the break even on 9-9.

The second-half began much like the first, with both sides battling to break the defence, but it was the Tigers who finally broke the deadlock when England discard Ollie Smith broke through a poor tackle and went over for the first try of the match.

Stimpson, who had put over a penalty earlier in the half, stretched the lead to 10 with the conversion. The England fullback and Mapletoft kept the points difference at 10, each slotting over a penalty, but a try to recently-signed Samoan flanker Henry Tuilagi effectivley put the game out of reach for the visitors.

The Exiles continued to battle on and managed to pick up the consolation score when fullback Michael Horak dotted down for their only try of the game, but it was too little too late for the visitors as the final whistle went shortly afterwards.

The scorers:

For Leicester:Tries: Smith, TuilagiCons: Stimpson 2Pens: Stimpson 5

For London Irish:Try: HorakCon: MapletoftPens: Mapletoft 4

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