Leicester leave it late to ruin Irish Heineken hopes

LONDON IRISH head coach Toby Booth refused to show remorse for not shutting up shop as the Exiles squandered an Aviva Premiership victory and a losing bonus point against Leicester yesterday.

Tom Croft’s last-gasp breakaway try put the gloss on a 41-32 Tigers win at the Madejski Stadium, after Irish had led 32-31 with just five minutes left, following three long-range penalties from Tom Homer.

A Toby Flood penalty had then forced the hosts to chase the game and defeat, along with failure to secure a bonus point, means that, with just four matches remaining, their hopes of a Heineken Cup spot look over.

Booth said: “We wanted to go and win the game even when we were ahead, not just hang on. We gave Leicester a very good test of their mettle and got ourselves on the front foot which is very encouraging.”

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