London Irish comfortably beat Worcester

London Irish secured their sixth victory of the season when they beat Worcester Warriors 26-6 in the Aviva Premiership.

Two first-half tries laid the foundations for London Irish, who emerged as
comfortable victors.

The Exiles were searching for a response following a heavy defeat in the Premiership
to Northampton, while Worcester were looking to string victories together following
their win over Wasps.

The game’s first try came just eight minutes in when Matt Garvey crashed over
following great work from the forwards 20 metres from the Worcester try-line.

The conversion was missed but it took just 12 minutes for the hosts to add
to their lead, as more dominant play from the home pack laid the foundations
for Halani Aulika to score.

Again, the conversion was missed, before Alex Goode’s penalty for the visitors
not only got them off the mark but also put them to within a converted try.

Two Tom Homer penalties in the minutes that followed increased the deficit
to 13, and, though Goode added a second penalty minutes before half-time, the
Exiles were in a comfortable position with a 16-6 interval lead.

The hosts made the perfect start to the second half through a third try, scored
by Chris Hala’ufia, and Homer’s first successful conversion of the afternoon
left Worcester with a great deal to do.

Homer then added his third penalty of the afternoon on 48 minutes to make it
26-6 but, though the Exiles appeared capable of racking up a big score, the
Worcester defence was able to stem the tide – even if they were unable to find
a way back into the contest with the ball in hand in the final 30 minutes.

Final Score London Irish (16) 26 Worcester (6) 6

Scorers

London Irish
Tries: Garvey, Aulika, Hala’ufia
Con: Homer
Pens: Homer 3

Worcester
Pens: Goode 2

Match Officials
Referee:
Wayne Barnes (118th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Andrew Pearce & Peter Huckle.

Teams

London Irish

15. Tom Homer; 14. Topsy Ojo; 13. Guy Armitage; 12. Shane Geraghty; 11. Marland Yarde; 10. Ian Humphreys; 9. Pat Phibbs; 1. Max Lahiff; 2. David Paice; 3. Halani Aulika; 4. George Skivington (Captain); 5. Bryn Evans; 6. Matt Garvey; 7. Ofisa Treviranus; 8. Chris Hala’ufia

Replacements: 16. Scott Lawson; 17. Jerry Yanuyanutawa; 18.Leo Halavatau; 19. Jamie Gibson; 20. Jon Fisher; 21. Sailosi Tagicakibau; 22. Jonathan Joseph; 23. Jack Moates

Worcester Warriors

15 Chris Pennell , 14 Josh Drauniniu , 13 Alex Grove , 12 Jon Clarke , 11 David Lemi , 10 Andy Goode , 9 Paul Hodgson,1 Matt Mullan , 2 Ed Shervington , 3 John Andress , 4 James Percival (c) , 5 Dean Schofield , 6 Neil Best , 7 Matt Kvesic , 8 Blair Cowan

Replacements:16 Aleki Lutui , 17 Ceri Jones , 18 Euan Murray , 19 Chris Jones , 20 Semisi Taulava , 21 Jonny Arr , 22 Danny Gray , 23 Josh Matavesi

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