London Irish beat Gloucester in LV Cup

London Irish ended their Anglo Welsh LV Cup campaign with a 23-15 victory over Gloucester at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.


London Irish full-back Tom Homer was his team’s hero as he gave a faultless kicking display, scoring 18 points via six penalties.


Homer punished any infringements by the Cherry and Whites within goalkicking range and on two occasions he landed spot-kicks from 40 metres, as well as a monster effort from just inside the halfway mark.


The Exiles’ only other points came through a try in the first half by hooker Brian Blaney, who scored after fly-half Dan Bowden and former England centre Shontayne Hape did well in the build-up.


London Irish did not have things going their own way though, and Gloucester’s young wing Ian Clark almost upstaged Homer by scoring two well-taken tries.


Their other points came from a conversion and penalty former England captain Mike Tindall, who did duty at fly-half.


Final Score London Irish 23 (14) Gloucester 15 (0)


Scorers


London Irish
Tries: Blaney
Penalties: Homer 6


Gloucester
Tries: Clark 2
Penalties: Tindall
Conversions: Tindall


Teams


London Irish :15. Tom Homer; 14. Adam Thompstone; 13. Jonathan Spratt ; 12. Shontayne Hape ; 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau ; 10. Dan Bowden; 9. Darren Allinson; 1. Clarke Dermody (Captain) ; 2. Brian Blaney; 3. Paulica Ion ; 4. Nick Kennedy ; 5. Bryn Evans ; 6. Matt Garvey; 7. David Sisi; 8. Richard Thorpe


Replacements: 16. David Paice ; 17. Max Lahiff; 18. Mark George; 19. Kieran Roche; 20. Alex Gray; 21. Guy Armitage; 22. Adrian Jarvis; 23. Ross Samson


Gloucester Rugby: Tom Voyce; Ian Clark, Tim Molenaar, Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, James Simpson-Daniel; Mike Tindall, Dave Lewis; Dan Murphy, Darren Dawidiuk, Shaun Knight; Will James, Alex Brown; Peter Buxton (capt), Andy Hazell, Matt Cox


Replacements:Matias Cortese, Yann Thomas, Dario Chistolini, Tom Savage, Gareth Evans, Nick Runciman, Billy Burns, Akapusi Qera

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