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Leicester beat London Irish 10-9 in Grand Final

Leicester were crowned champions of the Guinness Premiership after beating London Irish 10-9 in the Grand Final at Twickenham this afternoon.

Despite being second best for large parts of the match the Tigers were still able to ground out a victory based on hard graft and the will to win. At 6-3 down Leicester clawed their way back into the game when Jordan Crane scored the game's only try.

Peter Hewat had put London Irish ahead after just 22 seconds with a speculative drop-goal before Julien Dupuy levelled the scores with a penalty to send the sides in all square at half time.

Irish were brilliant in the second half with Seilala Mapusua the best player on the park, but only had Delon Armitage's two long range penalties to show for their efforts.

Leicester now head into the Heineken Cup final on a high with flanker Tom Croft set to be called up to the Lions squad in place of the suspended Alan Quinlan.

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