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    Leicester Irish beat London Irish

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    Leicester


    Tries:
    Varndell 2

    Pens:
    Humphreys 4


    Cons:
    Humphreys 2


    London Irish

    Pens:
    Geraghty 6&nbsp ;

    Great news for Iain Humphreys, hope F. Murphy and all the others got on well.
    It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.

    Every plan I have is the best plan in the room. Everybody get quiet and listen to it, and everybody will win

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    Tigers 26-18 London Irish

    Leicester Tigers26-18& nbsp;
    London Irish
    Welford Road
    Saturday 18th November 2006, 14:45



    Leicester Tigers recorded a 26-18 victory over visiting London Irish in front of a capacity crowd at Welford Road on Saturday afternoon. Tigers produced some breath-taking rugby but were pushed all the way by the side who finished third in last season’s Guinness Premiership.
    Leicester Tigers recorded a 26-18 victory over visiting London Irish in front of a capacity crowd at Welford Road on Saturday afternoon. Tigers produced some breath-taking rugby but were pushed all the way by the side who finished third in last season’s Guinness Premiership.

    Tom Varndell was the two-try hero for Tigers, with an impressive in the opening minutes of both halves. The match also featured a memorable display from fly-half Ian Humphreys, who marked his first senior start at Welford Road with six successful kicks from six attempts for a personal tally of 16 points.

    Tigers showed their attacking intent with a superb length-of-the-field score with only two minutes played. With the wind in their faces, Pat Howard’s side transferred the ball through three pairs of hands only ten metres from their own line. The ball was eventually moved out to centre Daryl Gibson via Frank Murphy and Humphreys, creating space for the former All Black to slice through the Irish defence before feeding Dan Hipkiss 15 metres inside Tigers’ own half. Hipkiss raced 40 metres before popping the ball to the supporting Varndell who raced under the posts from ten metres shy of the London Irish line.

    Humphreys then increased the lead to 10 points shortly afterwards with his first well-struck penalty from the Exiles 10-metre line.

    Shane Geraghty then reduced the gap to seven as he notched Irish’s first points of the day with a simple penalty from straight in front of the posts. The youngster then missed the opportunity to bring the visitors back to within four points as his 48-metre penalty attempt finished short and wide of the left-hand post.

    Tigers nearly produced a carbon copy of their early try as they again attacked from deep with 16 minutes on the clock. This time it was no.8 Jordan Crane and Gibson who engineered the space for Sam Vesty to exploit. The Tigers fullback beautifully drew the outside man to free Varndell, who in turn did well to find the supporting Murphy 30 metres from the Irish line. Unfortunately for the Welford Road faithful, Murphy’s incomplete pass to the on-rushing Humphreys was adjudged to have gone forward, bringing a promising move to a disappointing end.

    Geraghty then slotted his second penalty of the afternoon to see Tigers pegged back to 10-6 with 21 minutes gone.

    The final points of the half arrived nine minutes later when Geraghty brought his side to within a point with another simple penalty, leaving Tigers with a 10-9 advantage at the close of the first 40 minutes.

    It was Tigers who opened the second half scoring courtesy of Humphreys’ second successful penalty with 42 minutes played. The ex-Belfast Harlequin outside-half had little difficulty increasing the lead to four points from inside the Irish 22 and just to the left of the uprights.

    Then came an astonishing moment which surprised supporters, commentators and coaches alike less than a minute after Humphreys’ three-pointer. The Irishman’s thumping clearance kick from underneath his own posts travelled the whole length of the field before appearing as if it would run over the dead ball line and give Irish a dangerous attacking scrum. Exiles full back Michael Horak certainly thought that would
    It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.

    Every plan I have is the best plan in the room. Everybody get quiet and listen to it, and everybody will win

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