Hewat wins it for London Irish

Australian import Peter Hewat kicked 12 points for London Irish to secure them an important away win.


Worcester looked to have the momentum in the second half after being down 5-9 at the break but a drop goal early in the second half was enough to give the Exiles victory.


Another import, this time from New Zealand, Rico Gear scored the only try of the match for Worcester.


Worcester added to their points with penalties from Loki Crichton and replacement Shane Drahm but London Irish held strong at the death.


London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith told the BBC,”I don’t think we deserved to lose the game. If you look at the first half, we came here to play rugby.


“We are certainly a lot better team than the second-half performance showed.”


Meanwhile Worcester director of rugby Mike Ruddock was disappointed with the loss, “We out-scored them one try to nil, but still didn’t get the victory, so we are disappointed.


Guinness Premiership table after Friday’s match (played, won, drawn, lost, points for, points against, bonus points, total points):


Gloucester 13 9 0 4 323 220 7 43
Leicester 13 9 0 4 320 227 5 41
Bath 12 8 0 4 289 231 5 37
Saracens 13 8 0 5 300 255 5 37
Sale 12 8 0 4 262 206 4 36
London Irish 13 7 0 6 246 234 4 32
Harlequins 12 6 0 6 263 267 8 32
Wasps 12 5 2 5 280 243 5 29
Newcastle 12 6 0 6 201 259 3 27
Bristol 12 5 1 6 201 242 2 23
Worcester 14 1 1 12 210 311 6 12
Leeds 12 1 0 11 184 384 2 6


Note: Bristol deducted one point for fielding an ineligible player.


Final Score Worcester 11-12 London Irish


Worcester (5) 11
Try: Gear
Pens: Crichton, Drahm


London Irish (9) 12
Pens: Hewat 3
Drop-goal: Hewat

 

Teams

Worcester: Delport, Gear, Rasmussen, Tuitupou, Benjamin, Crichton, M. Powell, Windo, Lutui, Tuamoepeau, Rawlinson, Gillies, Hickey, Sanderson, Horstmann.
Replacements: Drahm, R. Powell, Mullan.


Not Used: Ruwers, Bowley, Wood, Garvey.


London Irish: Hewat, Ojo, D. Armitage, Mordt, Tagicakibau, Catt, Fury, Lea’aetoa, Coetzee, Rautembach, Hudson, Casey, Roche, S. Armitage, Thorpe.
Replacements: Tiesi, Skuse), Paice, Kennedy.


Not Used: D. Murphy, Leguizamon, Stevenson.


Ref: Rob Debney (Leicestershire).
Attendance: 10,025

 


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