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Tigers in form in defence and attack

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Leicester Tigers players starred in attack and defence in the victory against London Irish, the latest Opta Rugby Ratings show.

Will Evans, who made his first appearance of the season in the 28-27 win at Madejski Stadium, made 24 tackles in the game, more than any other player across Round 6 of the Aviva Premiership.

Back-rower Evans, who scored the crucial second try in the game, also made two turnovers in his 80-minute shift.

Jonny May, meanwhile, made 162 metres in the game, including his run to the line for his sixth try in his first six games for Tigers. That was more than any other player over the weekend, according to the official Aviva Premiership statistics.

It took May to 473m for the season so far, putting him sixth on the list. His Tigers teammate Telusa Veainu is fourth with 501m, despite missing out against Irish through illness.

May and Veainu have both beaten 24 defenders in the first six games, putting them second to Exeter’s Olly Woodburn (26). May tops the number of offloads with 11 and is high in the rankings for breaks with three.

Sione Kalamafoni, who came off in the first half at Madejski Stadium, continues to lead the way with 90 carries in the opening six rounds, ahead of Northampton’s Courney Lawes (87), Woodburn (84) and Veainu with 75.

Kalamafoni has made the third most tackles in the league (82) with teammate Dom Barrow ninth with 75 and George Ford 20th with 63 tackles.

Ford has won the most turnovers in the Tigers squad so far with five, the Opta Rugby Rankings show, with Lumbers Player of the Month Harry Wells close behind on four.

See the video below for highlights of the game at Madejski Stadium.