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Summary

  1. FT: London Irish 16-28 Leicester Tigers
  2. Leicester fly-half Bell kicks 23 points
  3. Betham try for Tigers; Sinclair for Irish
  4. Text coverage live from the Madejski Stadium

Live Reporting

By Adam Williams at the Madejski Stadium

All times stated are UK

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  1. FT: London Irish 16-28 Leicester

    So plenty for both head coaches to ponder after seeing their respective sides run out in anger for the first time after a long pre-season.

    That's all from us at the Madejski Stadium this afternoon, thanks for joining us. You can read the full match report right here.

    We'll be back with more live Premiership action on Friday night. 

  2. BBC coverage

    Australia 25-19 Scotland

    The action may be done and dusted in Berkshire, but the World Cup quarter-final between Scotland and Australia is still ongoing.

    The Wallabies lead by just six points as we speak, and you can follow the last 25 minutes or so by clicking here.

  3. FT: London Irish 16-28 Leicester

    Tom Guest

    London Irish forward Tom Guest on BBC Radio Berkshire

    Quote Message: I think you can take a lot of positives from it. The forwards play has been excellent, it's just been the last pass that hasn't gone to hand. It's not been too bad a game, that's just the way it goes.
  4. Full-time

    London Irish 16-28 Leicester

    And that's the final action of the game.

    Leicester take the win in a game of few tries, but plenty of opportunities.

    London Irish showed some fight, but couldn't quite find their finishing touch.

  5. Penalty (Bell)

    London Irish 16-28 Leicester

    Leicester force one more infringement from Irish as they look to salvage a bonus point.

    They're penalised for not releasing and Tommy Bell caps off his afternoon by adding another three points thanks to the ball just creeping in off the inside of the post.

  6. London Irish 16-25 Leicester

    Mistake after mistake after mistake.

    Topsy Ojo breaks through, he tries to offload to Shane Geraghty who fumbles.

    Leicester counter, but Mike Fitzgerald's pass doesn't get caught and Leicester miss the chance to finish in style.

  7. Penalty (Bell)

    London Irish 16-25 Leicester

    Tommy Bell makes no mistake. Around 45 metres out, from the right, he finds the middle of the posts.

  8. London Irish 16-22 Leicester

    Leicester again find some phases and Irish are penalised for leaving a hand in.

    This could be the kick to finish it...

  9. London Irish 16-22 Leicester

    Leo Halavatau gets in a big hit on Mike Williams that you could hear all the way up here in the top tier of the stand!

    Knocked him back some four metres.

    Ouch!

  10. London Irish 16-22 Leicester

    Tom Guest

    London Irish forward Tom Guest on BBC Radio Berkshire

    Quote Message: This game has certainly opened, it's become very exciting for the crowd here. But there's seven minutes left in the game - there's no need to rush the pass every time.
    Chris Noakes
  11. Replacements

    London Irish 16-22 Leicester

    David Sisi and Scott Steele come off the bench for Irish in place of George Skivington and Brendan McKibbin.

    Will the fresh legs make a difference? 

  12. London Irish 16-22 Leicester

    The floodlights at The Madejski Stadium are starting to take full effect now as we enter the last 10 minutes.

    Can Tom Coventry's side get themselves in front?

  13. London Irish 16-22 Leicester

    Mathew Tait

    Irish just hanging in the game here as Leicester look to kill it off with a try.

    Tigers get sloppy though out wide with a knock on and the Exiles can breathe again.

  14. Replacement

    London Irish 16-22 Leicester

    Leicester Tigers fly-half Owen Williams is on now, making his first appearance since the beginning of February following surgery on a knee ligament injury.

  15. London Irish 16-22 Leicester

    Irish really up against it here, but they withstand the pressure five metres from the line as Leicester kill the ball on the floor.

  16. London Irish 16-22 Leicester

    George Catchpole makes a huge break for Leicester. He spins it wide to Harry Thacker, but he can't hold on to get there and is forced out of play.

  17. Replacement

    London Irish 16-22 Leicester

    Shane Geraghty into the action for London Irish in place of Alex Lewington.

  18. London Irish 16-22 Leicester

    Steve Johnson

    Ex-Leicester flanker on BBC Radio Leicester

    Quote Message: I think it was still under control - it looked like he only lost it after he'd touched down. The Leicester management don't look very happy.
  19. Disallowed try

    London Irish 16-22 Leicester

    Replacement Leicester number eight Opeti Fonua thought he'd got the try for Leicester, but it's not given and there's a knock on spotted instead.

  20. London Irish 16-22 Leicester

    Sam Harrison

    Tigers scrum-half Sam Harrison plays a lovely dummy to break through the line and now Leicester look dangerous.

    Richard Cockerill barks out "OFFSIDE" from behind me and Leicester don't get the penalty, but they are up to Irish's five metre line with a line-out.

  21. Penalty (Bell)

    London Irish 16-22 Leicester

    Tommy Bell makes Irish pay for missing their chances and their lead is back to six points as we enter the last quarter.

  22. London Irish 16-19 Leicester

    Leicester look to punish an Irish mistake now as The Exiles kick out on the full.

    From the line-out, Tigers look for the crossfield kick which is snuffed out, but referee Matthew Carley comes back for an earlier advantage.

    Penalty to Leicester.

    Line-out
  23. Replacements

    London Irish 16-19 Leicester

    Changes afoot now from both sides. Tom Smallbone and Leo Halavatau on in the front row for Irish in place of David Paice and Halani Aulika.

    Leicester bring Riccardo Brugnara on for Logovi'i Mulipola, Greg Bateman makes way for Harry Thacker at hooker. 

  24. London Irish 16-19 Leicester

    Tom Guest

    London Irish forward Tom Guest on BBC Radio Berkshire

    Quote Message: London Irish have just got to keep their patience, they're playing very well. It's just the final pass that's let us down a few times.
    London Irish v Leicester
  25. London Irish 16-19 Leicester

    Irish penalised for not driving straight and Leicester clear from their own 22 to relieve some pressure.

  26. London Irish 16-19 Leicester

    Another missed chance by Irish. Tom Fowlie the culprit this time who can't hold the pass.

    Leicester clear, but it's scrum time again some five metres out. 

  27. London Irish 16-19 Leicester

    Great break once again from Eoin Griffin for London Irish and he almosts crosses the line to put the hosts ahead.

    Laurence Pearce does just enough to hold him up centimetres short. 

  28. Missed penalty (Bell)

    London Irish 16-19 Leicester

    Tommy Bell hits this one just wide left of the posts, but it was some five metres inside his own half.

  29. London Irish 16-19 Leicester

    Irish spurn a chance to keep turning the screw as Eoin Griffin fumbles the ball when tackled on halfway.

    Also looked like an obstruction as Leicester are awarded a penalty.

  30. Penalty (Noakes)

    London Irish 16-19 Leicester

    Chris Noakes

    Chris Noakes kicks successfully for three points once again as Irish reduce the deficit.

  31. London Irish 13-19 Leicester

    The tall figure of Tom Guest to my left has switched seats with Tim Dellor on Radio Berkshire at half-time as the front row seats up here can be a bit of a squeeze for a man with long legs.

    His team-mates also looking a bit more comfortable in possession so far this half as they win a penalty 40 metres out.

    London Irish
  32. London Irish 13-19 Leicester

    Irish kick away possession from hand just as they look set to work through the phases from the restart but Leicester don't find any better field position.

    Chris Noakes eventually kicks long into the Leicester 22 for a line-out to the visitors.

  33. Kick-off

    London Irish 13-19 Leicester

    The strains of Club Foot by Kasabian (aren't they from Leicester?) ring out on the Madejski Stadium PA and we're off and running again.

  34. HT: London Irish 13-19 Leicester

    Right, a cup of tea to warm both myself and my hands to my left and a few sandwiches scoffed in between and we're almost ready for the restart.

  35. HT: London Irish 13-19 Leicester

  36. BBC coverage

    Australia 5-0 Scotland

    A quick reminder, if you needed one, that the weekend's final World Cup quarter-final between Scotland and Australia is now under way.

    Adam Ashley-Cooper has just put the Wallabies ahead - and you can follow all of the action live by clicking here.

  37. HT: London Irish 13-19 Leicester

    Steve Johnson

    Ex-Leicester flanker on BBC Radio Leicester

    Quote Message: I think Irish are probably worth a few more points. They've had more of the ball in the Leicester half but it's just been poor handling that's let them down.
  38. Half-time

    London Irish 13-19 Leicester

    And that's it for the opening 40 minutes.

    Plenty of endeavour from both sides, but some sloppy mistakes as well.

    Fair to say we haven't been short on action.

    More to follow when we resume shortly. Don't go away.

  39. Penalty (Bell)

    London Irish 13-19 Leicester

    Leicester find time to mount a final charge before half-time and they force a penalty for offside some 15 metres out, which Tommy Bell knocks over.

  40. Penalty (Noakes)

    London Irish 13-16 Leicester

    Tom Coventry's side do get the penalty though for their efforts after David Paice is held unfairly in the build-up.

    Chris Noakes kicks the simple effort and reduces the arrears to three. 

  41. Disallowed try

    London Irish 10-16 Leicester

    It looked like Irish had got their just desserts there with a try from a rolling maul under the posts, but it's disallowed for an earlier offence on review.  

    London Irish v Leicester
  42. London Irish 10-16 Leicester

    London Irish's loyal band of drummers bang away in the stand opposite me as the hosts looks for a score before the break.

    Can they make the pressure count?

  43. London Irish 10-16 Leicester

    Steve Johnson

    Ex-Leicester flanker on BBC Radio Leicester

    Quote Message: The defence has been very well organised and that's one of the real positives for Leicester. But still they've played a lot of this game inside their own half of the field.
  44. London Irish 10-16 Leicester

    More concerted pressure from Irish as Alex Lewington can't quite hold on to wriggle clear in the corner.

    The ball switches back over to Andrew Fenby now, but the full-back knocks on at contact.   

  45. London Irish 10-16 Leicester

    Leicester almost get caught at the base of their own scrum as Irish hunt the interception.

    Sam Harrison eventually gets boot to clear over the top.

  46. London Irish 10-16 Leicester

    Topsy Ojo

    Topsy Ojo is right back in the action as Chris Noakes floats a pass out wide to him with 10 metres to the line.

    He can't get it out to Jebb Sinclair to cross for his second try though and Leicester snuff out the danger as it's knocked on.

  47. London Irish 10-16 Leicester

    Bit of controversy as referee Matthew Carley calls a knock-on against Alex Lewington when it looked like it came off his knee as Irish threatened a break.

    Put in for Tigers it is as Topsy Ojo returns from the sin-bin.

  48. London Irish 10-16 Leicester

    A big raking clearance from Leicester's Tommy Bell finds touch inside the Irish 22.

    The hosts manage to get the ball clear from the line-out under huge pressure from the Tigers. 

  49. London Irish 10-16 Leicester

    Steve Johnson

    Ex-Leicester flanker on BBC Radio Leicester

    Quote Message: Leicester have not been into the Irish half of the field that often so far, so to come away with points on each occasion is a real bonus for them.
    London Irish v Leicester Tigers
  50. Penalty (Bell)

    London Irish 10-16 Leicester

    Irish concede a penalty at the breakdown yet again.

    Tommy Bell converts the opportunity for his third penalty of the game. 

  51. London Irish 10-13 Leicester

    Just turned my head in the press box after the sound of someone shouting "TIME" very loudly behind me.

    Turns out it's a combination of Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill and coach Aaron Mauger. Bit of a shock.

  52. London Irish 10-13 Leicester

    Tom Guest

    London Irish forward Tom Guest on BBC Radio Berkshire

    Quote Message: That's a great confidence boost. Managing to get a rolling maul try against a side like Leicester is a huge confidence boost for the forwards.
  53. Try (Sinclair, con Noakes)

    London Irish 10-13 Leicester

    It's given and it's second-rower Jebb Sinclair who's got it down.

    Chris Noakes kicks the extras and we're back to three points in this one.

  54. Try review

    London Irish 3-13 Leicester

    Irish catch that line-out and put in a big drive for the line.

    Is it down for a try? Stuart Terheege the TMO is taking a look for us.

  55. London Irish 3-13 Leicester

    Leicester penalised once again for a foot up in the scrum.

    Irish go for the corner this time as they look to retain possession from a line-out.

  56. London Irish 3-13 Leicester

  57. Sin-bin (Ojo)

    London Irish 3-13 Leicester

    Straight from the restart Topsy Ojo is penalised for a high tackle on Adam Thompstone inside the Leicester 22 and he's in the sin bin.

    Things just got a little tougher on Tom Coventry's first day in the job.

    Tom Coventry
  58. Penalty (Bell)

    London Irish 3-13 Leicester

    Irish are penalised at the scrum for not driving straight and it's a simple penalty kick for Tommy Bell dead centre, 35 metres out.

    Over it goes to restore Leicester's lead to 10 points.

  59. London Irish 3-10 Leicester

    Tom Guest

    London Irish forward Tom Guest on BBC Radio Berkshire

    Quote Message: I think the way we've been playing in attack has actually been very good, patiently trying to break Leicester down.
  60. Penalty (Noakes)

    London Irish 3-10 Leicester

    Irish on the board as Chris Noakes is successful with his second attempt some 35 metres out.

  61. London Irish 0-10 Leicester

    Irish are in need of some sort of response after being caught cold by that Betham try.

    They build some phases down both flanks after Leicester concede a free-kick and are rewarded with a shot at goal for their patience.

  62. London Irish 0-10 Leicester

    Steve Johnson

    Ex-Leicester flanker on BBC Radio Leicester

    Quote Message: Leicester have got to be careful that when players like full-back Mathew Tait come into the line they don't get too isolated.
  63. London Irish 0-10 Leicester

  64. Try (Betham, con Bell)

    London Irish 0-10 Leicester

    Disaster for Irish after that good response but a dream debut for Peter Betham.

    The centre picks out an interception some 40 metres from the hosts' line and he's through under the posts unopposed.

    Tommy Bell kicks the easy conversion.

  65. Missed penalty (Noakes)

    London Irish 0-3 Leicester

    Irish get the penalty at that opening scrum for a foot up by Leicester.

    Chris Noakes takes the opportunity for a shot at goal some 30 metres out.

    Left-footed, he drags it just wide though.

  66. London Irish 0-3 Leicester

    Bit of sloppiness at the line-out for Leicester as they fail to throw one straight.

    Time for the opening scrum of the game and an Irish put in.

  67. London Irish 0-3 Leicester

    Some early possession for London Irish to settle their nerves after conceding that early penalty.

    Topsy Ojo, Halani Aulika and Eoin Griffin all try to breakthrough the Leicester defence.

    There's a knock-on though and Leicester clear their lines.

  68. London Irish 0-3 Leicester

    Tom Guest

    London Irish forward Tom Guest on BBC Radio Berkshire

    Quote Message: Pre-season games are a funny thing. You can win them all or lose them all, but they never really show how you'll go in your opening game.
  69. Penalty (Bell)

    London Irish 0-3 Leicester

    Early penalty to Leicester as Irish are penalised some 40 metres out for not rolling away at the ruck.

    Tommy Bell kicks for goal almost dead centre and it's over for the first score of the afternoon.

  70. Kick-off

    London Irish 0-0 Leicester

    And referee Matthew Carley gets us under way.

  71. The teams are out

    London Irish v Leicester (15:15 BST)

    Here they come.

    First up the visitors Leicester in their change strip of dark blue and grey and then the hosts, London Irish in Emerald green. 

  72. Late Tigers change

    London Irish v Leicester Tigers (15:15 BST)

    Just before the two teams emerge from the dressing rooms, one late change that's just been confirmed for Leicester.

    Winger George Catchopole steps off the bench to replace Matt Smith.

    Paolo Odugwu comes into the replacements and will wear the number 23 shirt.

  73. Saturday review

    George Ford

    We had two matches to get our teeth stuck into yesterday - with two contrasting results.

    At The Rec George Ford inspired Bath to the narrowest of victories over Exeter Chiefs, while reigning champions Saracens hammered Sale Sharks.

    Click here to relive Saturday's Premiership action.

  74. Friday review

    Worcester Warriors

    The Premiership returned with a bang on Friday evening, with three thrilling matches and a sprinkling of England's World Cup squad involved.

    The story of the night came at Sixways, where newly promoted Worcester Warriors secured a last-gasp win over last year's table toppers Northampton Saints.

    Click here to relive Friday's Premiership action.

  75. Final run-through

    London Irish v Leicester (15:15 BST)

    Teams warm-up at Madejski Stadium

    Leicester Tigers go through their final warm-ups below me. Not long to go now.

    Before kick-off let's review the weekend's Premiership action so far...

  76. Team news

    London Irish v Leicester Tigers (15:15 BST)

    Leicester Tigers hand debuts to five of their summer signings, Peter Betham, Greg Bateman, Mike Williams, Mike Fitzgerald and Lachlan McCaffrey.

    Full-back Matthew Tait captains in the absence of Ed Slater, with fly-half Freddie Burns (broken jaw) also out.

    Leicester Tigers

    Replacements: Thacker, Brugnara, Pasquali, Pasquali, Fonua, White, O. Williams, Catchpole.  

  77. Team news

    London Irish v Leicester Tigers (15:15 BST)

    London Irish prop Halani Aulika returns from World Cup duty with Tonga for Tom Coventry's first game in charge.

    New signings Matt Symons and Rob McCusker start at lock and number eight with George Skivington named captain.

    London Irish team

    Replacements: Ellis, Smallbone, Halavatau, Sheriff, Sisi, Steele, Geraghty, Mulchrone.  

  78. Southern Hemisphere showdown

    London Irish v Leicester (15:15 BST)

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport at The Madejski Stadium

    A warm welcome from the heart of Berkshire where fresh off the back of the All Blacks' dominant display against France last night, we've got two Kiwi head coaches going head-to-head.

    Tom Coventry for London Irish and Aaron Mauger for Leicester Tigers finally get to put pre-season behind them as they send their sides out for the start of their respective Premiership campaigns.

    Both will be keen to make an impression after an extended dress rehearsal. Should be entertaining.