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Leicester beat Exiles to book Harlequins Semi


Ben Youngs makes a break for Leicester Tigers

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Article Published: Monday 6 May 2013


Leicester Tigers set up a home Premiership Semi-final against Harlequins by beating London Irish 32-20 at Welford Road.

Toby Flood and Ian Humphreys traded penalties in the first ten minutes of the match, before the contest sprung to life with two rapid-fire tries from the hosts.

Tom Croft scored in the corner following good hands from Geoff Parling, before fellow British Lion Ben Youngs sped through a gap and beat the cover defence to score the Tigers' second.

Flood was wide with both conversions, however, and the cushion remained at ten until half-time, with the Tigers appearing content to consolidate and hold their opponents at bay.

But a converted Mathew Tait try early in the second half following great work from Geordan Murphy and Manu Tuilagi left Irish with a mountain to climb.

Alex Corbisiero gave the visitors hope less than ten minutes later with the Exiles first try, converted by Humphreys, but two further tries from the hosts just after the hour put the game to bed.

Fit-again Niki Goneva crossed on 60 after the ball was worked left, for Flood to convert, before an unconverted solo effort from Flood seven minutes later made it 32-10.

To their credit, the visitors rallied in the final stages of the game and added two more tries to add a respectable tint to the final scoreline.

Topsy Ojo's fine finish on 71 minutes raised spirits, before Marland Yarde rounded off the scoring with less than five minutes remaining, though both of the final two conversions were missed.

Final Score Leicester 32 (13) London Irish 20 (3)

Scorers

Leicester
Tries: Croft, Youngs, Tait, Goneva, Flood
Cons: Flood 2
Pens: Flood

London Irish
Tries: Corbisiero, Ojo, Yarde
Cons: Humphreys
Pens: Humphreys

Match Officials
Referee:
Luke Pearce (14th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Kevin Stewartand Andrew Watson.

Teams

Leicester Tigers

15 Geordan Murphy (c) , 14 Niall Morris , 13 Manusamoa Tuilagi , 12 Anthony Allen , 11 Vereniki Goneva , 10 Toby Flood , 9 Ben Youngs , 1 Logovi’i Mulipola , 2 Tom Youngs , 3 Martin Castrogiovanni , 4 Graham Kitchener , 5 Geoff Parling , 6 Tom Croft , 7 Julian Salvi , 8 Jordan Crane

Replacements : 16 Rob Hawkins , 17 Fraser Balmain , 18 Dan Cole , 19 Steve Mafi , 20 Thomas Waldrom , 21 Sam Harrison , 22 George Ford , 23 Mathew Tait

London Irish

15. Tom Homer; 14. Topsy Ojo; 13. Jonathan Joseph; 12. Guy Armitage; 11. Marland Yarde; 10. Ian Humphreys; 9. Darren Allinson; 1. Alex Corbisiero; 2. Scott Lawson; 3. Halani Aulika; 4. George Skivington (Captain); 5. Bryn Evans; 6. Matt Garvey; 7. Jamie Gibson; 8. Ofisa Treviranus

Replacements: 16. David Paice; 17. Jerry Yanuyanutawa; 18. Leo Halavatau; 19. Kieran Low; 20. Jebb Sinclair; 21. Declan Danaher; 22. Shane Geraghty; 23. Jack Moates

 
 
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