Irish paid the penalty for some poor decisions as they were on the wrong end of TWO penalty tries as they lost 31-9 at home to the Tigers. The first penalty try was from a scrum in the 32nd minute, giving Tigers a 14-0 lead whilst the second was for Jamie Gibson taking out Niall Morris as he was about the score after his own kick ahead.
But for Gibson’s intervention Morris would have had a hat trick as he also claimed the first and fourth tries.
The first was a skilful finish, evading Tom Homer and Derby born Jonathan Joseph with some help of the bouncing ball, after a great show of awareness by Toby Flood. Tigers had a penalty on the left hand touchline after Yarde had held on, rather than kicking for touch Flood instead saw Morris in space on the right and kicked the penalty across the field finding him in space.
The final Niall in the coffin was the bonus point try. With less than a minute to go Flood freed Morris after a lineout on half way; the Irishman streaked between Humphreys and Homer to dot down and secure the full 5 points for the Tigers.