7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
The Tigers had the Guinness Premiership and EDF Energy Cup trophies in their cabinet but Wasps never looked like giving up their early lead in front of a tournament record 81,076 fans.
Tigers fly-half Andy Goode and opposite number Alex King traded early penalty goals as the two heavyweights of European rugby introduced themselves for the third time in Heineken Cup history, but the huge contingent of Leicester fans were stunned into silence on the quarter mark.
French skipper Ibanez flipped in a pinpoint lineout throw to scrum-half Eion Reddan, who had an untouched run to the tryline.
And, just as the Tigers started to gain crucial possession and territory, they were embarrasingly left floundering by the same move. This time, Ibanez threw the ball in high to Simon Shaw, who flicked it back to the veteran hooker for another score in the corner. King failed with both sideline conversions, and a third penalty goal from Goode narrowed Wasps' lead to 13-9 at the halftime break.
King extended the lead with a penalty goal, early in the second spell and Tigers' fans began thinking that is wasn't going to be their day when Goode missed a goal from a handy angle.
Soon after, King slotted his third goal to give the underdogs a ten-point lead going into the final half hour, and he added a drop goal as the game began to slip form the Tigers.
A great run from Wasps replacement James Haskell set up King for another goal and Lawrence Dallaglio started work on his victory speech.
Leicester Tigers 9 London Wasps 25
HT: 9-13 Attendance: 81,076
Leicester Tigers: G Murphy; S Rabeni, D Hipkiss (S Vesty 78), D Gibson (O Smith 50), A Tuilagi; A Goode (I Humphreys 62), F Murphy; M Ayerza (A Moreno 74), G Chuter, J White, L Deacon (B Deacon 54), B Kay (L Cullen 54), L Moody, S Jennings, M Corry (capt)
Replacements used: A Moreno, L Cullen, B Deacon, I Humphreys, S Vesty, O Smith
Scorers: Pens - A Goode (3);
London Wasps: D Cipriani; P Sackey, F Waters, J Lewsey, T Voyce; A King (M van Gisbergen 74), E Reddan (M McMillan 78); T French, R Ibanez, P Vickery (P Bracken 74), S Shaw (D Leo 64), T Palmer, J Worsley, T Rees, L Dallaglio (capt, J Haskell 50)
Replacements used: J Ward, P Bracken, D Leo, J Haskell, M McMillan, M van Gisbergen
Scorers: Tries - R Ibanez, E Reddan; Pens - A King (4); DG - A King;
Man of the match: F Waters (London Wasps)
Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)