London Irish join Leicester in the final

An incredible performance by London Irish as they became only the second Away team to win a Guinness Premiership semi-final match.

Harlequins could not score a point as Irish scored 17 in the second half to clinch a thoroughly deserved victory.

So, Leicester versus London Irish next Saturday. What did you think of the games this weekend?

3 thoughts on “London Irish join Leicester in the final

  1. To good games but there was only two teams in the running.

    I really thought that Bath would bring their A-game and beat Leicester but they were comprehensively bullied out of the game; the Tigers controlled the breakdown and the scrum and Sam Vesty looked a class act at number 10, leading even a weakened Tigers backline to victory, His performance and Floods injury puts him in pole position for the England 10 shirt and the summer tour. Finally England will have a 10 that plays flat and can pass a ball.

    I think the Tigers will have to be even better in the final, their defense seemed fragile the few times Bath managed to win possession and against a buoyant Irish team that will not be good enough, on the other hand Leicester seem to do just enogh these days and in no mood to loose a game , I feel the return of Mauger is the key; Leicester are a different team with him in the backs, he gives them the clinical precision they will need.

    Irish looked overpowering against Quins which was sad as the Quins have given us so many fine memories this year, however it truly was a game to far and the walking wounded of Dean Richards were no match for Irish.

    The Exiles have been building for a few years loger than Quins and have had their fair share of disappointments, they deserve this chance to go up against the elite and I think with one eye on the HC the Tigers will not have the mental strength to go all the way and win 2 titles.

    Stephan Armitage was another man to make a case for England and with nourishment could become England’s answer too Martyn Williams, there is a long way to go and I fear his lack of size will mean that he will never get the prolonged chance for England that he undoubtedly deserves.

    His brother didn’t do enough at 13 to give Lions selectors a thought as a possible replacement for Shanklin. Likewise Danny Care who has a long way to go, although his pack didn’t do him any favors on the day.

  2. It’s a shame Quins had to go down without scoring any points but what a dominating second half from the Exiles.

  3. Mike Catt controlled the game brilliantly. His floated passes to Hewat in the second half who also kicked well out of hand was great to watch. I agree that Care is far from the finished article – he failed to dominate or make an impression on the game.

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