London Irish brush Harlequins aside

London Irish recorded a comfortable 29-14 win over Harlequins in their Guinness Premiership tie at Madejski Stadium on Sunday.


Irish opened the scoring through full-back Tom Homer who slotted a penalty in the fourth minute, but Quins hit back hard with a penalty try in the 18th minute to take a four-point lead.


However, the rest of the half belonged to the hosts who built a 12-point lead before the break. Homer’s second penalty reduced the gap to one point before flanker Steffon Armitage gave his side the lead with a converted try.


Two more penalties from Homer saw the teams enter the change rooms at 19-7 in the hosts’ favour.


Homer kept the score-board ticking after the interval and second-row forward Nick Kennedy crashed over the try-line to take the match out of Quins’ grasp at 29-7.


Quins scored in the last five minutes of the clash through centre George Lowe, but it only served to make the score-board look more respectable as the Exiles cruised to victory.


Final Score London Irish 29 Harlequins 14


Scorers


London Irish
Tries – Armitage, Kennedy
Pen – Homer (5)
Con – Homer (2)


Harlequins
Tries – Penalty, Lowe
Con – Evans (2)


Teams


London Irish: 15 Tom Homer, 14 Topsy Ojo, 13 Elvis Seveali’i, 12 Seilala Mapusua, 11 Peter Hewat, 10 Ryan Lamb, 9 Alfredo Lalanne, 8 Chris Hala’Ufia, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 George Stowers, 5 Bob Casey, 4 Nick Kennedy, 3 Faan Rautenbach, 2 David Paice, 1 Dan Murphy.


Replacements: 16 James Buckland, 17 Max Lahiff, 18 James Tideswell, 19 Kieran Roche, 20 Jamie Gibson, 21 Chris Malone, 22 Peter Richards, 23 Mike Catt.


Harlequins: 15 Mike Brown, 14 David Strettle, 13 George Lowe, 12 Jordan Turner-Hall, 11 Sam Smith, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Karl Dickson, 8 Tom Guest, 7 Will Skinner (c), 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 Lewis Stevenson, 4 James Percival, 3 John Andress, 2 Matt Cairns, 1 Ceri Jones.


Replacements: 16 Tani Fuga, 17 Aston Croall, 18 James Johnston, 19 Tomas Vallejos, 20 Chris York, 21 Steve So’oialo, 22 Rory Clegg, 23 Nils Mordt.

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