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Report | Tigers register bonus-point win

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Leicester Tigers scored seven tries in a bonus-point 47-28 victory over London Irish in the Gallagher Premiership at Mattioli Woods Welford Road on Saturday.

The try bonus point was secured in the opening half, with a fourth score coming courtesy of a penalty try as the Irish tried illegally to stop a drive from the forwards, and Tigers added three more tries after the break to secure the five league points.

The Exiles, Premiership Rugby’s top tryscorers, added to their total in the opening minutes but Tigers responded with four tries before half-time, the latter two coming after Curtis Rona had been red-carded for a high tackle, to lead 26-16 at the break.

After Tommy Reffell added the fifth try, Nemani Nadolo claimed his second of the day and then Chris Ashton added his 90th Premiership score and first for top-of-the-table Tigers against an Irish side beaten just once previously in 2022.

Hanro Liebenberg led out a Tigers team short of five players with England, though Joe Heyes returned from the national team camp to start in the front row and there was a return to the starting line-up for Harry Wells and Jasper Wiese.

Exiles boss Declan Kidney called Will Goodrick-Clarke, Marcel van der Merwe and Albert Tuisue into the forward pack following last week’s 43-12 win over Worcester and named six forwards on their eight-man bench

Freddie Burns led the Tigers on to the pitch in his 200th Premiership appearance, but it was the visitors who quickly got on the scoreboard with a try from Benhard van Rensberg, latching on to strong work near the tryline and an offload from Agustin Creevy to push over near the posts. Jackson added the conversion of their 70th Premiership try of the season for a 7-0 lead just three minutes in.

An early run by Nemani Nadolo into the Irish defensive line brought a penalty and when Tigers played from the set-piece on the left, he was there again to burst through and dive in under the posts. Burns levelled the scores with the conversion.

Irish sense another opportunity soon afterwards as Curtis Rona played to the right but Ollie Hassell-Collins over-ran the ball slightly and knocked forward.

A quick lineout down the right gave Julian Montoya a chance to build some attacking possession but Irish defensive work eventually forced ball loose and they were able to clear.

Nadolo was back on the ball after Wiese’s carry through midfield, but spilled possession as Irish clawed their way back, only for Matt Scott to win a penalty on the floor as they tried to break out again.

Scrum pressure on the Irish five-metre line had No8 Albert Tuisue momentarily in trouble before support arrived and Nick Phipps was able to clear.

When Irish tried to build possession midway inside their own half again, Matt Scott picked off the pass and was able to run in to score. Burns could not add the extras this time but Tigers were in front for the first time at 12-5 on 21 minutes.

Burns nearly repeated Scott’s interception but Arundell was able to break with support left and right, only for the final pass outside to escape Hassell-Collins in a big let-off for Tigers.

Referee Karl Dickson marched Tigers back an extra 10 and a penalty award just on halfway and Jackson pushed play to the right-hand corner. Tigers worked hard in defence to win a turnover, though play came back for an offside penalty at close range and this time Jackson pointed to the posts.

Wiese’s charge upfield was halted by a combined hit from Tuisue and Curtis Rona, and referee Dickson called the TMO into action before showing a red card to centre Rona.

Tigers played the resulting penalty to the corner but lost lineout ball and Irish kicked up to halfway.

They were quickly back on their own line, though, as Montoya carried strongly and then Tigers played to the left where Nadolo attracted the defenders and offloaded for Potter in support to score. Burns added the conversion kick from wide on the left to make it 19-10.

Jackson added a three-pointer almost from the restart but Tigers were quickly on the attack again when Burns jabbed a kick to the left corner and Nadolo wrapped up wing Lucio Cinto as he gathered a metre out and took him over the tryline.

The five-metre scrum brought a penalty in Tigers’ favour and this time, with backs joining the forwards in the drive to the line, referee Dickson ran under the posts to award a penalty try as Tigers stretched the lead to 26-13 just short of half-time.

Jackson closed the half with another penalty, and the visitors opened the second half just as they had in the first, with a try.

It came from a break by Hassell-Collins down the left, with Arundell making the final run-in. Jackson was unable to add the extras with the score at 26-21.

The 13 men were on the attack again with a penalty into the corner but this time, as they set up the drive, Liebenberg emerged with the ball and Tigers could clear.

Scott made way for Matias Moroni on 47 minutes and he was soon into the action, winning a penalty and then carrying on the left as Tigers built steadily.

With a penalty advantage, Burns pushed a kick through near the posts and Reffell read it perfectly to win the race to dot down and the conversion made it 33-21.

Try number six followed with Moroni’s cleever play and pass releasing Nadolo who provided the finish and when Burns added the conversion the lead reached 19 points at 40-21.

Irish, who had been on the defensive for a while, looked sharp in attack once more around the hour mark but replacement Chris Ashton read Jackson’s final pass out wide and was able to block its path to Hassell-Collins on the touchline.

The visitors kept playing for numerous phases before a whistle in the Tigers’ favour well inside their own 22, though Bryce Hegarty when had to show precise judgement in claming a kick almost back on his own tryline.

Jackson over-struck a penalty down the right as the ball went out in-goal, allowing Tigers to gain territory which eventually brought another whistle from Dickson.

Burns turned down the kick at goal to go to the right-hand corner and they kept it close with the clock ticking into the last 10 minutes until finally a long pass to the left found Ashton and he picked his way to the line for a first Tigers score.

After Burns added the conversion, Irish grabbed their third try of the afternoon from a lineout drive in the left corner, replacement hooker Matt Cornish the scorer until a pile of bodies and Jackson kicked the conversion to make it 47-28.

Olly Robinson won turnover ball in the Irish 22 but when Tigers were blocked out, Nadolo was sin-binned with just two minutes remaining after a deliberate knock-on inside the opposition half, but there was no further scoring.

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

LEI 26-16 LON

FT ScoreFull Time Score

LEI 47-28 LON

Attendance

19,103

Referee

Karl Dickson

Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
47

Full Time

London Irish
London Irish
28
Leicester Tigers
T
T
T
C
T
T
C
T
C
T
C
KOHTFT
London Irish
T
C
C
P
P
P
T
T
C

Match Stats

Leicester Tigers
London Irish
Possession
49%
51%
Territory
40%
60%
Penalties Conceded
11
12
Yellow Cards
1
1
Red Cards
0
1
Tackles Won
138/165 84%
121/137 88%
Scrums Won
8/9 89%
5/5 100%
Lineouts Won
11/13 85%
9/10 90%

Player Stats

Leicester Tigers
London Irish
Leicester Tigers
TCDP
15Bryce Hegarty
14Harry Potter1T
13Matt Scott1T
12Dan Kelly
11Nemani Nadolo2T
10Freddie Burns5C
9Richard Wigglesworth
1James Whitcombe
2Julian Montoya
3Joe Heyes
4Harry Wells
5Eli Snyman
6Hanro Liebenberg
7Tommy Reffell1T
8Jasper Wiese
16Charlie Clare
17Francois van Wyk
18Nephi Leatigaga
19Calum Green
20Olly Robinson
21Jack van Poortvliet
22Matias Moroni
23Chris Ashton1T

Commentary

WELL PLAYED TIGERS

It's full-time and Tigers have won 47-28, scoring 7 tries.

Nadolo 2, Scott, Potter, Reffell and Ashton plus a penalty try for Tigers in front of crowd of 19,000. Thank you.

Tigers will play out the final minutes a man short after Nadolo yellow card for deliberate knock-on inside the Irish half.

Jackson converts the try, it is 47-28 to Tigers with 5min to play.

Hooker Matt Cornish dots down from a lineout in the corner and Irish have a third try. 47-26.

Burns converts the try and Tigers lead 47-21 in the last 10mins.

Chris Ashton has his first Tigers try, getting on the end of a long pass to the left touchline and finding his way to the line. Score is 45-21 on 71mins.

Burns conversion is spot-on after the Nadolo try, makes it 40-21 on 57mins.

Try No6 for Tigers, No2 for Nemani Nadolo, through on the left after a superb pass from Moroni. Great reception for the big man too.

Burns adds the conversion, Tigers lead 33-21 on 54min.

Tommy Reffell gets on to a Burns grubber kick and dots down for try No5. 

A quick break from Irish in the first minute of the second half and Arundell is in to score. Jackson misses the conversion. Tigers lead 26-21.

Tigers lead 26-16 at half-time, and have scored 4 tries.

Jackson penalty closes the half... 

Coleman yellow carded as referee awards Tigers the penalty try.

Big heave into the corner and Tigers have a penalty try. And a bonus point. 26-13 on 39mins

Jackson penalty for Irish, Tigers lead 19-13, approaching half-time.

Perfect kick from Burns on the left to convert the try makes it 19-10 on 32min

Harry Potter latches on to Nadolo's break and offload on the left to dive in and score. 17-10 on 31min

Curtis Rona is sent off for a high tackle on Wiese as the Tigers No8 charged upfield.

Jackson with a penalty for Irish, who trail 12-10 on 28min

21

Burns has the conversion attempt from the left touchline, but it is just wide. Tigers lead 12-5 on 21mins.

Matt Scott intercepts on the left touchline and is clear to score. Tigers lead.

15

Another threatening run by Nadolo but Irish get back to claw back possession until Matt Scott wins a penalty at the breakdown near halfway.

Burns adds the conversion to level the scores at 7-7 with just 8min gone.

Nemani Nadolo breaks through the defensive line and dives under the posts. 5-7.

Jackson adds the Irish conversion for a 7-0 lead with 3min gone.

First attack and Irish are in, Creevy's offload giving van Rensberg the chance to push over near the posts. 

KICK-OFF | Leicester Tigers v London Irish

We are ready for kick-off, with Freddie Burns taking the kick. Tigers playing towards the Mattioli Woods Stand end.

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HOW TIGERS LINE-UP

There are no changes to the team announced on Friday.

STARTING XV

15 Bryce Hegarty [11], 14 Harry Potter [32], 13 Matt Scott [42], 12 Dan Kelly [38], 11 Nemani Nadolo [29], 10 Freddie Burns [92], 9 Richard Wigglesworth (vc) [30]; 1 James Whitcombe [17], 2 Julián Montoya (vc) [20], 3 Joe Heyes [91], 4 Harry Wells [145], 5 Eli Snyman [14], 6 Hanro Liebenberg (c) [48], 7 Tommy Reffell [68], 8 Jasper Wiese [34]

REPLACEMENTS

16 Charlie Clare [43], 17 Francois van Wyk [12], 18 Nephi Leatigaga [60], 19 Calum Green [81], 20 Olly Robinson [3], 21 Jack van Poortvliet [40], 22 Matías Moroni [25], 23 Chris Ashton [3]

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MATCH PREVIEW | Tigers v London Irish

London Irish arrive in Leicester this afternoon with just one league defeat in 2022 – at Gloucester in February – and as the Gallagher Premiership’s top tryscorers including 11 from their Argentina international hooker Agustin Creevy.

The Exiles go into the weekend in fifth place in the table, just a point behind Exeter Chiefs and five behind third-placed Harlequins.

Tigers won the season’s first meeting, in Round 3, with tries from Hanro Liebenberg and Nic Dolly on a first-ever trip to the new Brentford Community Stadium.

“Irish are a really good team,” says Tigers wing Harry Potter. “The last time they played us was a really close game and it’s a long time ago now. They’ve got even better and they’ve had some pretty impressive victories recently.”

Tigers won four in a row before defeat at Saracens last Saturday, only their third league defeat of the season.

Liebenberg will lead out Tigers as Ellis Genge is among five players with England, and there are starting places for Jasper Wiese and Joe Heyes. Freddie Burns makes his 200th Premiership appearance.

Referee is Karl Dickson in his 58th Premiership match in charge.

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MATCH PREVIEW | Tigers v London Irish

London Irish arrive in Leicester this afternoon with just one league defeat in 2022 – at Gloucester in February – and as the Gallagher Premiership’s top tryscorers including 11 from their Argentina international hooker Agustin Creevy.

The Exiles go into the weekend in fifth place in the table, just a point behind Exeter Chiefs and five behind third-placed Harlequins.

Tigers won the season’s first meeting, in Round 3, with tries from Hanro Liebenberg and Nic Dolly on a first-ever trip to the new Brentford Community Stadium.

“Irish are a really good team,” says Tigers wing Harry Potter. “The last time they played us was a really close game and it’s a long time ago now. They’ve got even better and they’ve had some pretty impressive victories recently.”

Tigers won four in a row before defeat at Saracens last Saturday, only their third league defeat of the season.

Liebenberg will lead out Tigers as Ellis Genge is among five players with England, and there are starting places for Jasper Wiese and Joe Heyes. Freddie Burns makes his 200th Premiership appearance.

Referee is Karl Dickson in his 58th Premiership match in charge.

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WELCOME TO MATCHDAY LIVE!

We’re LIVE as Leicester Tigers host London Irish in Round 20 of the Gallagher Premiership season at Mattioli Woods Welford Road this afternoon. Kick-off is at 3.00pm.

If you are unable to join us at the game, you can keep up to date with all of the action right here with our Matchday Live service on the Tigers App and website at www.leicestertigers.com.


Opposition Lineup

Starting XV

15
Henry Arundell
14
Lucio Cinti Luna
13
Curtis Rona
12
Benhard Janse van Rensburg
11
Ollie Hassell-Collins
10
Paddy Jackson
9
Nick Phipps
1
William Goodrick-Clarke
2
Agustin Creevy
3
Marcel van der Merwe
4
Chunya Munga
5
Rob Simmons
6
Olly Cracknell
7
Sean O'Brien
8
Albert Tuisue

Subs

16
Matthew Cornish
17
Facundo Gigena
18
Oli Hoskins
19
Adam Coleman
20
Matt Rogerson
21
Juan Martin Gonzalez
22
Hugh O'Sullivan
23
Kyle Rowe
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Leicester Tigers
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8
London Irish
London IrishLON23959636639-3898513261
Form Guide
Form
WLLWL
Last Match
Lost to Leinster Rugby 14-23
Past Meeting
Lost 20-59
Form
Last Match
Past Meeting
Form
LWWDD
Last Match
Draw with Worcester Warriors 25-25
Past Meeting
Won 59-20

Matchday Live

Leicester Tigers47
Leicester Tigers
London Irish28
London Irish
Full Time