London Irish whitewash Sale Sharks

London Irish annihilated Sale Sharks at Madejski Stadium on Sunday, scoring five unanswered tries during their 38-0 victory.


The hosts dominated the opening half surging 14 points clear before the half-time interval, while shutting out the Sharks attack.

Winger John Rudd set the tone for the match early on as he scored Irish’s first try in the fifth minute before three penalties from Ryan Lamb put the home side comfortably ahead.

Irish continued to impose themselves on the opposition after the break as Steffon Armitage crashed over for the second try to make it 19-0.

Sale never looked like making any sort of comeback and were well beaten in the end as Alex Corbisiero and Peter Hewat added a try a piece in the second half while Armitage crossed the try-line for his second of the day.

Final Score London Irish 38  (14) Sale 0 (0)


London Irish
Tries – Rudd, Armitage 2, Corbisiero, Hewat
Pen – Lamb 3
Con – Malone, Lamb


London Irish: 15 Peter Hewat, 14 John Rudd, 13 Elvis Seveali’i, 12 Seilala Mapusua, 11 Delon Armitage, 10 Ryan Lamb, 9 Paul Hodgson, 8 Chris Hala’Ufia, 7 Steffon Armitage, 6 George Stowers, 5 Bob Casey (captain), 4 Kieran Roche, 3 Faan Rautenbach, 2 James Buckland, 1 Dan Murphy.

Replacements: 16 Danie Coetzee, 17 James Tideswell, 18 Alex Corbisiero, 19 Matt Garvey, 20 Richard Thorpe, 21 Chris Malone, 22 Mike Catt, 23 Tom Homer.

Sale: 15 Mark Cueto, 14 Dafydd James, 13 Mathew Tait, 12 David Bishop, 11 Ben Cohen, 10 Charlie Hodgson (capt), 9 Dwayne Peel, 8 Sisaro Koyamaibole, 7 David Seymour, 6 Carl Fearns, 5 Sean Cox, 4 Brent Cockbain, 3 Jack Forster, 2 Marc Jones, 1 Gavin Kerr.

Replacements: 16 Mahonri Schwalger, 17 Lee Imiolek, 18 Martin Halsall, 19 Rob O’Donnell, 20 Luke Abraham, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Chris Leck, 23 Jonny Kennedy.

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