Jonny May’s finish against Exeter Chiefs was one of those moments when supporters and players come together as the roar around the Welford Road stands was matched by the winger’s celebration on the pitch.
May capitalised on quick-thinking and a pinpoint pass by Ben Youngs to score the crucial second try in the 20-13 win against the Chiefs.
It was May’s fifth try in five Aviva Premiership games since his summer move to Tigers and he admitted that it was an emotional moment for him.
“Ben Youngs threw a great pass out to me in the wet and I was able to run onto it and I back myself to score that,” said England international May.
“It’s my job to do that for the team and it meant a lot to me and the team. I was emotional getting up from that try and it was an important win.
He added: “Every week that goes by I feel more at home here and it feels like it’s my team. It’s wins like that, in the wet, with your mates at home, against the champions, that make it feel more like it’s your team. It’s important to me and I want to be a part of this.
“I want to get better. I want to challenge myself and I’ve just got to keep working hard.”
Tigers travel to London Irish this weekend, aiming to continue the momentum going into European competition. London Irish, who are 11th in the table, will be aiming for a second win in the competition after beating Harlequins on the opening weekend.
May said: “It’s hugely important. London Irish are a good and competitive team. There’s a huge opportunity for us to push on and be in a good position."
Watch May's try, and the highlights from the game against Exeter, in the video below.