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Match Report: London Irish 27 Leicester Tigers 28

07 Oct 2017
Match Report: London Irish 27 Leicester Tigers 28

Leicester Tigers were pushed all the way as they recorded their fourth straight Aviva Premiership Rugby success with a 28-27 win over London Irish.

Nick Malouf and Will Evans both dotted down before Jonny May had his sixth try in six Tigers appearances with George Ford kicking 13 points.

But tries from Blair Cowan, David Paice and Alex Lewington ensured that Irish secured a losing bonus point at the Madejski Stadium.

Tigers were ahead early as Harrison’s dart to the line gave the visitors numbers and Matt Toomua’s long pass found Malouf for his third Leicester try.

The visitors continued to look the more dangerous side and three Ford penalties extended the Tigers advantage to 14-0 with 25 minutes played.

Paice was then held up over the tryline by Greg Bateman as Irish threatened and from the resulting scrum Gareth Owen was sin binned for a dangerous tackle on Greig Tonks.

Tommy Bell made no mistake from in front of the posts to get Irish on the scoreboard with Tigers holding onto their 14-3 lead through to half-time.


Will Evans’ third try in Tigers colours came shortly after the break as he raced onto Ben White’s pass and Ford’s conversion moved the Tigers further ahead.

Another Bell penalty reduced the deficit before Blair Cowan found space on the short side to bury his way over the line and the Irish full-back’s conversion made it 21-13.

But Jonny May’s try-scoring run continued as another long Toomua pass, after a strong Tigers’ driving maul, found the winger in acres of space to run in under the posts.

David Paice brought the Irish back into it again after James Marshall’s sharp break with Alex Lewington crossing with the final play to earn a losing bonus point.