Tigers march on to Twickers
9 May 2009
The Leicester Tigers secured their passage to the Premiership final at Twickenham with a 24-10 victory over Bath.
The Tigers are now course for a cup double, having booked a place in European Cup final last week. They meet London Irish, who beat Harlequins in the other play-off, in the final
First half tries from Dan Hipkiss, who stepped beautifully to evade two tackles, and Sam Vesty, who struck just before half-time, put them in the ascendency, while a second half five pointer from Lewis Moody sealed the result.
Bath’s Springbok scrumhalf Michael Claassens reduced the deficit with a try early in the second half, after which Stuart Hooper crossed the chalk to ignite hope of a comeback. But Moody chased down a chip shortly thereafter to break Bath’s hearts.
At The Stoop Irish bounced back after a poor first half showing. They have Quins’ erratic goal-kicking (they missed five kickable penalties) to thank for the fact that they remained boast a clean sheet.
Irish centre Delon Armitage got his side on the board with a second half penalty. Irish extended their lead five minutes later when James Hudson cut the line to score. Armitage added the extras.
Mike Catt put the result beyond doubt in the 75th minute when he intercepted a floated pass to set up what promises to be an enthralling final.