Last-gasp Morris earns Tigers maximum points at Irish
London Irish 9 Leicester Tigers 31
A dramatic last-minute try from Niall Morris secured Leicester Tigers a five-point haul from their trip to London Irish.
The visitors were locked in a tight tussle with 65 minutes on the clock as they held on to a slender 14-9 lead.
But 17 points in the final quarter-of-an-hour not only secured Tigers' victory but ensured they left a sodden Madejski Stadium with maximum points.
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The result saw Leicester leap frog local rivals Northampton into third place in the Aviva Premiership table.
Leicester started really well and held a 14-0 lead after dominating the opening half an hour.
Their opening score came from Morris after the Irishman latched on to fit-agin fly-half Toby Flood's wonderful crossfield kick.
The referee then ordered a penalty try when the Exiles pack collapsed near their own line.
Former Tigers fly-half Ian Humphreys got the hosts on the board just before the break but there only seemed one winner at half-time.
Irish came out with more conviction and continuity though and, with Leicester seemingly resting on their laurels, the complexion of the game changed completely as scrum-half Ben Youngs was sin-binned and Humphreys nailed two more penalties to make it 14-9.
Flood kicked a crucial penalty on 65 minutes to make it a two-score game and when Morris was tackled off the ball as he was about to touch down, Tigers earned their second penalty try and the perpetrator, Jamie Gibson, was sin-binned.
With the game won and a man up, Tigers piled forward in search of a fourth try. And that came with the final act of the game when the superb Flood made a line break off first-phase possession and fed Morris who sped away for his second try of the game.
Leicester's director of rugby Richard Cockerill thought Morris was "outstanding" in a big win.
"Niall made two great finishes and was outstanding. If he wasn't tackled off the ball, he would have scored a hat-trick," he said.
"You don't out-pace the Irish back three very often but that is what he did for the final try.
"And for the first try, he made a superb finish after Floody had shown great vision to pick him out on the cross kick.
"Niall has been working very hard at his game and has taken his opportunities when they have come along."
For the full story, see Monday's Leicester Mercury