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Captain Corry wary of Exiles' threat

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Leicester Tigers may be on a high after last weekend's thrilling victory over Gloucester at Kingsholm, but Martin Corry insists his side will be far from complacent when they travel to London Irish this Sunday.

The Exiles have won their last four fixtures since defeat at Welford Road in December and, with Tigers having lost out on their last visit to the Madejski Stadium on Boxing Day 2006, Corry knows the reigning Guinness Premiership champions will face a stern challenge in the 1.15pm kick-off.

“They’ve got a very good side and Brian Smith gets the best out of his players,” says Corry. “They’re on top of their form and playing at the Madejski, which is a fast track, really suits their attacking game and how they look to defend as well. We know it’s going to be a really tough game. We might be having a good run, but that will come crashing down if we don’t perform on Sunday.”

If Tigers are to leave Reading with a positive result, then the defensive commitment they showed against Gloucester will have to come to the fore once again.

“When Willie Walker chipped through it looked for all the money as though James Simpson-Daniel was under the posts and Gloucester were going to snatch a draw. But then Christophe, Aaron, Ayoola and Johne got back from nowhere and held him up and I think, if you’re looking for moments to give everyone a lift, then it was that instance. I look at the way they scrambled back and prevented that try as almost more important than scoring tries in the first place.

“For us to get that win against Gloucester confirmed to me that my decision to retire from England was right. Kingsholm is a fantastic place to play and to go down there and get a result means so much to us as a team. With the league positions as they are, it was vital from that point of view as well. It was what we needed as a team.”