London Irish up to fourth after Worcester win

London Irish moved up to fourth place in the Aviva Premiership when they beat Worcester Warriors 42-24 with a bonus point at the Madejski Stadium.

Four second-half tries helped the Exiles to their third win in four matches.

London Irish headed into the game on the back of a defeat to Gloucester, while
Worcester were looking to build on last week’s 12-3 win over Northampton.

Steve Shingler got the ball rolling with a seventh-minute try, planting the
ball down despite the attentions of Worcester’s Marcel Garvey. Tom Homer added
the extras.

The home side’s cause wasn’t helped, however, when Darren Allinson was sin-binned
minutes later. Worcester made the most of the numerical advantage and levelled
the scores with a try from Miles Benjamin which Andy Goode converted.

It was nip and tuck for the remainder of the first half.

Three Homer penalties before the interval gave the Exiles the lead, although
Worcester stayed in contention through Goode’s booted effort on thirty minutes.

The second half began at a frantic pace, with four tries coming during the opening
20 minutes following the restart. Unfortunately for Worcester, three of them
were scored by their hosts.

Six minutes in, Chris Hala’ufia finished off a good home move to score, before
Jonathon Joseph crossed.

Worcester responded through a try to Marcel Garvey, but a five-pointer from
Homer, which he converted himself, put the Exiles 37-17 up.

Adam Thompstone’s try in the dying minutes piled on the misery for Worcester,
although the visitors did manage a late consolation when Garvey crossed for
his second.

The win lifts London Irish to fourth in the table, while defeat for Worcester
means they remain tenth.

Final Score London Irish (16) 42 Worcester Warriors (10) 22


London Irish
Tries: Shingler, Hala’ufia, Joseph, Homer, Thompstone
Conversions: Homer 4
Penalties: Homer 3

Tries: Garvey 2, Benjamin
Conversions: Goode 2, Carlisle
Penalties: Goode

Referee: JP Doyle (30th Premiership game)


London Irish : 15. Tom Homer; 14. Topsy Ojo ; 13. Jonathan Joseph; 12. Steve Shingler; 11. Adam Thompstone; 10. Dan Bowden; 9. Darren Allinson; 1. Clarke Dermody (Captain); 2. David Paice ; 3. Faan Rautenbach ; 4. Nick Kennedy ; 5. Bryn Evans ; 6. Declan Danaher; 7. Jamie Gibson; 8. Chris Hala ‘ufia

Replacements : 16. James Buckland; 17. Max Lahiff; 18. Paulica Ion ; 19. David Sisi; 20. Alex Gray; 21. Guy Armitage; 22. Adrian Jarvis; 23. Paul Hodgson

Worcester Warriors : 15 Errie Claassens , 14 Marcel Garvey , 13 Alex Grove , 12 Dale Rasmussen (c) , 11 Miles Benjamin , 10 Andy Goode , 9 Ollie Frost , 1 Matt Mullan , 2 Ed Shervington , 3 Tevita Taumoepeau , 4 James Percival , 5 Craig Gillies , 6 Neil Best , 7 Jake Abbott , 8 Chris Jones

Replacements , 16 Ceri Jones , 17 Chris Fortey , 18 Oliver Tomaszczyk , 19 Adam Balding , 20 Matt Kvesic , 21 Danny Gray , 22 Joe Carlisle , 23 Tom Arscott

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