Leicester Tigers end losing streak with 19-15 win over London Irish

Manu Tuilagi scored a try on his 100th Leicester appearance
Manu Tuilagi scored a try on his 100th Leicester appearance

Leicester Tigers 19-15 London Irish, Welford Road

Leicester Tigers have finally managed to end their six-game losing streak spread across all the competitions with a tight 19-15 victory over London Irish in their Aviva Premiership face-off at Welford Road on Saturday.

The win has taken Leicester Tigers to the seventh place in the table while London Irish continue to languish at the bottom after succumbing to their 12th defeat in 13 games.

Leicester made one change from the side hammered at Exeter - flanker Brendon O'Connor returning to the pack, while Irish were unchanged.

After the first quarter went without a point, it was wingerJoe Cokanasiga, who broke the deadlock following a mistake from George Ford when he lost the ball in contact. The referee took several replays before awarding the try to the visitors though the conversion was missed.

Leicester's reply came in the 35th minute when Australia international Matt Toomua crossed over in the 35th minute while Ford slotted the conversion to take the scoreline to 7-5 at half time.

Leicester Tigers upped the ante with Jonny May going past the line in just two minutes after the restart to stretch the lead to seven points but Ford missed the conversion.

Tonks reduced the arrears with a 56th minute penalty but the Exiles were forced to withstand some intense pressure from Leicester.

Leicester had a 12-8 lead heading into the final 10 minutes and Manu Tuilagi on his 100th appearance for the club went past the line with eight minutes remaining and Ford slotted the conversion to provide a breathing space to the home side.

Even though, Tuilagi's efforts were negated a 73rd minute try from Alex Lewington, Leicester Tigers did manage to complete a tight four-point victory.

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