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March 11, 2022

Montoya, Kelly, and Liebenberg return: Tigers v Irish pre-match info

Leicester Tigers face a resurgent London Irish at Mattioli Woods Welford Road this weekend. Their unbeaten home record is sure to face one of its toughest tests of the season to date. Irish have lost just once in 2022. They’ve done the double over Exeter Chiefs and came away with a win and a draw in their games against Saracens. They’re the real deal. 

Kick off is 3pm on Saturday 12 March. The game isn’t on BT Sport but passes can be bought on PRTV to watch it live.

After Saracens brought Tigers’ four game winning streak to an end last week, head coach Steve Borthwick will be eager for his team to put in a strong performance and get back to winning ways. 

Speaking ahead of the game, Borthwick was quick to praise Irish:

They are a dangerous group of experienced players, with probably the most-experienced coaching team in the league leading them... When they play that running rugby they play, you can see how dangerous they are. That style, running from their own half with the pace that they have, it makes them a dangerous team. That London Irish attack is a real threat.

Here are the official line-ups.

LEICESTER TIGERS

Forwards:
1) James Whitcombe 2) Julián Montoya 3) Joe Heyes 4) Harry Wells 5) Eli Snyman 6) Hanro Liebenberg ©  7) Tommy Reffell 8) Jasper Wiese

Backs:
9) Richard Wigglesworth 10) Freddie Burns 11) Nemani Nadolo 12) Dan Kelly 13) Matt Scott 14) Harry Potter 15) Bryce Hegarty

Replacements:
16) Charlie Clare 17) Francois van Wyk 18) Nephi Leatigaga 19) Calum Green 20) Olly Robinson 21) Jack van Poortvliet 22) Matías Moroni 23) Chris Ashton 

LONDON IRISH

Forwards:
1) Will Goodrick-Clarke 2) Agustin Creevy 3) Marcel van der Merwe 4) Chunya Munga 5) Rob Simmons 6) Olly Cracknell 7) Sean O’Brien 8) Albert Tuisue

Backs:
9) Nick Phipps © 10) Paddy Jackson 11) Ollie Hassell-Collins 12) Benhard van Rensburg 13) Curtis Rona 14) Lucio Cinti 15) James Stokes

Replacements:
16) Matt Cornish 17) Facundo Gigena 18) Ollie Hoskins 19) Adam Coleman 20) Matt Rogerson 21) Juan Martin Gonzalez 22) Hugh O’Sullivan 23) Henry Arundell

OFFICIALS

Referee
: Karl Dickson
Assistant Referees: Jonathan Healy & Simon Harding
TMO: Dan Jones
Citing Officer: Grant Seely 

With Tigers welcoming back Montoya, Kelly, and Liebenberg to the starting line-up, there’s no doubt they’re stronger for their presence. 

Burns back at 10 will also be good for Tigers. It was always going to be a challenge for George Ford to step back into the side for a one-off game. He wasn’t poor, but he looked like someone who hadn’t been with the side for a few games. 

With a more familiar backline this week, Tigers will be hoping to be more dangerous ball in hand. Against Saracens last week, they didn’t offer much of a threat. 

James Whitcombe getting another start is a huge positive for Tigers too. Despite his age and inexperience—in a notoriously challenging position—he has been strong and dependable every time he’s played.

Everyone will need to be on top form if Tigers are to resist the threat Irish will bring. 

Thanks for reading,
—Sam

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