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Exiles begin with Tigers defeat

Aviva Premiership newcomers London Welsh were given an insight into the harsh realities of life in the top flight as Leicester recorded an emphatic 38-13 bonus-point win at the Kassam Stadium.

Championship winners Welsh had needed to go through a Rugby Football Union appeals process to get this far, but any jubilation at reaching the top flight looked set to be crushed as two Thomas Waldrom tries helped Leicester to a 17-0 lead. But the hosts fought back through tries from Tom Arscott and Hudson Tonga'uhia and trailed by just seven at the break.

But further scores from Geoff Parling, Julian Salvi and Vereniki Goneva sealed Leicester's victory, with fly-half Toby Flood converting all five tries and a penalty for a 13-point haul. Gordon Ross' penalty was all Welsh could muster in the second stanza.

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