London Irish sting Wasps to end losing streak

London Irish ended a four match losing streak in all competitions when they beat London Wasps 21-17 at Madejski Stadium in the Aviva Premiership.


The Exiles also ended a two match losing streak at the Madejski Stadium as Tom Homer slotted seven penalties for the victory.

On a day when it took over 75 minutes for the first try to be scored, the goal
kicking form of each side was always going to be important.

The first points of the afternoon were scored by Wasps, with Nicky Robinson
knocking over his first penalty of the afternoon.

Homer responded in kind minutes later to tie the scores and the two sides traded
further penalties, before Homer’s third penalty of the afternoon made it 9-6
to London Irish, and that’s how it remained until half-time.

The first ten minutes following the restart would bring not further points,
but on 52 minutes Robinson drew Wasps level. But Wasps were unable to build
momentum.

Instead, Homer struck two further penalties, first on the hour mark and then
four minutes later to put the Exiles 15-9 up with time ticking away.

Another fantastically taken penalty from distance then extended London Irish’s
advantage to nine and, though Wasps flyer Christian Wade was able to finally
able to squeeze over in the corner to score the only try of the game, the missed
conversion meant that the Exiles had a four point cushion with seconds left
on the clock.

And there were to be no last-ditch heroics from the visitors, who perhaps deserved
more for their efforts, with Adrian Jarvis triumphantly booting the ball dead
to end the contest.

Final Score London Irish 21 (9) London Wasps 17 (6)


Scorers


London Irish
Penalties: Homer 7


London Wasps
Tries: Wade
Penalties: Robinson 4


Referee: Sean Davey (103rd Premiership game)


Teams


London Irish:15. Tom Homer, 14. Topsy Ojo, 13. Joe Ansbro, 12. Jonathan Spratt, 11. Adam Thompstone, 10. Dan Bowden, 9. Paul Hodgson, 8. Jebb Sinclair, 7. Jamie Gibson, 6. Declan Danaher, 5. Matt Garvey,4. Nick Kennedy, 3. Faan Rautenbach, 2. James Buckland,1. Clarke Dermody (Captain).


Replacements: 16. David Paice, 17. Max Lahiff, 18. Alex Corbisiero, 19. James Sandford, 20. Ofisa Treviranus, 21. Anthony Watson, 22. Adrian Jarvis, 23. Ross Samson


London Wasps: 15 Hugo Southwell , 14 Tom Varndell , 13 Elliot Daly , 12 Dom Waldouck , 11 Christian Wade , 10 Nick Robinson , 9 Nic Berry , 8 John Hart (c), 7 Matt Everard , 6 Richard Birkett , 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Ross Filipo , 3 Ben Broster , 2 Rob Webber,1 Tim Payne


Replacements : 16 Tom Lindsay , 17 Zak Taulafo , 18 Bob Baker , 19 Ed O’Donoghue , 20 Sam Jones , 21 Joe Simpson , 22 Ryan Davis , 23 Richard Haughton

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