Irish aim to topple Tigers again


Published: Saturday 21st February 2015 by The News Editor

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London Irish will target a rare Aviva Premiership double over Leicester on Sunday and put a dent in the Tigers’ play-off ambitions.

Irish won 22-19 at Welford Road during the early weeks of this season, and it is 12 years since they beat them twice in league action during the same campaign.

Leicester have won on their last five visits to the Madejski Stadium, but they will be concerned at a current Premiership try drought that has seen them go 223 minutes without claiming a touchdown.

Irish were defeated 15-9 by Premiership champions Northampton last time out, and Exiles hooker David Paice said: “We are definitely looking to build on that Northampton display, but I think Leicester are up there with the Saints as one of the best teams in the Premiership.

“There were a few times we made crucial errors against Northampton, so we need to tidy that up if we want to beat Leicester.

“Leicester tend to pride themselves on their physicality, so they will want to take it to us at the set-piece.

“We will need to be at our best to get ahead of them. The teams that beat Leicester are the teams that beat them up front.

“There are definitely positives for us to take from the Northampton game.

“We were happy with the intensity, and Northampton are probably the top team in the league, so for us to take it to them bodes well for us for the rest of the season.”

Scotland prop Geoff Cross is back in the Irish starting line-up for their appointment with the Tigers, and he will pack down alongside Paice and Tom Court as head coach Glenn Delaney largely retains the side that ran Northampton close last week.

Delaney added: “It is great to have Geoff back available. He has done really well with Scotland, and we hope that form continues.

“We have gone pretty much with the side that played last week, as they put in a good performance.

“We are looking to build some consistency going into a big few weeks for the club.”

Leicester skipper Jordan Crane makes his 200th appearance for the Tigers, with England forwards Tom Youngs and Tom Croft back in action following Test commitments.

Elsewhere, centre Jack Roberts earns a first Premiership start, but absentees through injury include forwards Leonardo Ghiraldini, Julian Salvi and Robert Barbieri.

Published: Saturday 21st February 2015 by The News Editor

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