The Leicester Tigers now stand in line to do the double as they won the Guinness Premiership Final 10-9 on Saturday at Twickenham. They will face Leinster this coming weekend in the Heineken Cup, as they look to win both English and European Championships.
The underdogs London Irish fought hard, pushing the Tigers to the limit and at times looking the more creative side. Leicester gathered some momentum in the second half though, which led to a try by penalty shootout hero Jordan Crane, who had earlier been sin binned.
It wasnt a pretty match by any means, fully acknowledged by Tigers captain Geordan Murphy.
“It was hard work,” said Murphy. “We are going to have to raise our game next week.”
Leicesters stand in flyhalf Sam Vesty felt that the win sets them up nicely for next weekends crucial European Cup Final.
“I think a good dirty, horrible win holds us in good stead for next week,” said Vesty.
“It is the perfect result. An ugly win keeps us on our toes. Sometimes you have to win ugly. No-one remembers how you became champions in 2009. All that matters is we are champions.
“We will definitely need to do more next week but I am not worried. You look at us over the last 12 weeks, we have been attacking very well. We weren’t that far off yesterday.
The Tigers wont have much time to celebrate, as all focus now shifts to the upcoming weekend, and their big clash with Leinster in Edinburgh.