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Guinness Premiership Preview - Leicester Tigers v London Irish

28 December 2007

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Leicester Tigers v London Irish Saturday 29th December 2.45pm

 

Current Form

 

�        Leicester lost to Sale at Edgeley Park last Sunday and dropped to 5th place in the league.

�        They have only played 3 matches at home this season and won 2 of them. Their only loss was to Gloucester in Round 4.

�        London Irish snatched a late home victory against Worcester last Sunday and moved up to 9th place in the league with 3 wins from 8 played. They are only 7 points behind Leicester.

�        They have played 4 matches away from home this season and lost them all. Last season they had a reasonable away record winning 5 from 11.

 

History

 

�        Leicester and London Irish have met 22 times in the Guinness Premiership since October 1996.

�        Leicester have dominated the fixture winning 17 to the 5 of London Irish.

�        London Irish won the last meeting 26-25 at the Madejski Stadium last Boxing Day.

�        It was the first time they had beaten Leicester in the last 8 attempts.

�        Leicester have beaten London Irish 10 times from 11 meetings at Welford Road. The solitary Irish victory was a 20-19 win in May 2003.

 

Trends and Trivia

 

�        Leicester have conceded just 12 tries in 8 matches this season, only Bath have conceded less.

�        Despite winning only 3 from 8 played, London Irish have scored and conceded 149 points in the Guinness Premiership this season.

�        London Irish have conceded 101 of the 149 points away from home.

�        Only Leeds Carnegie have scored less tries than the 13 scored by London Irish this season.

�        Andy Goode is Leicester's leading points scorer this season with 54.

�        Goode has kicked the most penalties so far in the Guinness Premiership with 15.

�        Tom Varndell is the only Leicester player to score 3 tries this season.

�        Delon Armitage has scored the most points for London Irish to date, 38.

�        Hooker David Paice is the leading Irish tryscorer with 3.

�        With 42 to his name,London Irish lock Nick Kennedy has by far won more lineout ball than any other player this season. He has also stolen more ball from the opposition with 7.

8 players in the Guinness Premiership weigh over 20 stones and 3 of them play for London Irish, Tonga Lea'aetoa,Dan Murphy and Faan Rautenbach.