Leicester and Irish Advance to Guinness Premiership Final

May 9, 2009

Leicester Tigers and the London Irish set up a match-up in the 2008/09 Guinness Premiership final with wins over Bath and Harlequins, respectively, on this day in rugby history.

It was Leiceseter’s fifth consecutive final and they had been dominant much of the season and ended at the top of the table.  They defeated Bath 24-10 in the semifinal with Dan Hipkiss, Sam Vesty and Lewis Moody all pushed in a try while Julien Dupuy did the kicking duties with three conversions and one penalty.

In the other semifinal, London Irish walked away with a 17-0 win to exact some revenge on Harlequins after finishing in third place behind them.  James Hudson and Mike Catt touched down tries while Delon Armitage kicked the two conversions and one penalty.  It was the Irish’s first Guinness Premiership final.

Leicester went on to win the final 10-9.

Rugby Deaths

2008 – Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach (b. 1929)

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