Late Exeter Chiefs try edges out London Irish

Exeter Chiefs secured their second Premiership victory of the season when they became the first team to beat London Irish at the Madejski Stadium this year.

The 23-29 result means that the Chiefs have now won back to back matches and the win came as Ben White scored a late try for the visitors.

In a tight first-half, Nic Rouse’s converted touchdown and Ian Humphreys’ penalty
took the hosts into a 10-9 lead at the interval, while Gareth Steenson’s accurate
boot was Exeter’s response.

Humphreys and Steenson traded three-pointers in the second period before Marland
Yarde’s score took the hosts clear.

However, Dean Mumm and Ben White crossed in the final 13 minutes to overturn
that deficit and record a second win of the campaign.

Irish are favourites for relegation in some quarters, but they secured a vital
victory over Worcester Warriors last week.

They were up against an Exeter side that have enjoyed a similar start this
season having heavily lost their opening game to Northampton Saints before overcoming
London Wasps in round two.

It was the visitors who started the brighter and were rewarded when Steenson
slotted over an early penalty.

Humphreys restored parity almost immediately, but successive three-pointers
from the visiting stand-off took the Chiefs 9-3 ahead after 24 minutes.

Halani Aulika then had an effort ruled out by the Television Match Official
before the Exiles finally registered a deserved try when Rouse powered over,
which gave them a 10-9 lead at the break.

Despite that setback just before half-time, Exeter regained their advantage
through the boot of Steenson, but a yellow card for Tom James saw Rob Baxter’s
men reduced to 14 men.

It was to prove costly as the hosts’ stand-off kicked the resultant penalty
opportunity and Yarde went over for his fourth try of the season a minute later.

With James still off the field Humphreys extended Irish’s lead, but the Chiefs’
fly-half kept them in the game with his fifth from the tee.

When Mumm touched down, Exeter sensed that the win was within their sights,
and the pressure eventually told as White powered across the whitewash.

Final Score London Irish (10) 23 Exeter (9) 29

Scorers

London Irish
Tries: Rouse, Yarde
Cons: Humphreys 3
Pens : Humphreys 2

Exeter
Tries: Mumm, White
Cons: Humphreys 2
Pens : Humphreys 5

Match Officials
Referee:
Tim Wigglesworth (69th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Andy Watson & TBC
TMO: Sean Davey.

Teams

London Irish

15. Topsy Ojo; 14. Marland Yarde; 13.Fergus Mulchrone; 12. Eamonn Sheridan; 11. Andrew Fenby; 10. Ian Humphreys; 9. Tomas O’Leary (Captain); 1. Matt Parr; 2. David Paice; 3. Halani Aulika; 4. Nic Rouse; 5. Jebb Sinclair; 6. Declan Danaher; 7. Bryn Evans; 8. Ofisa Treviranus

Replacements: 16. Jimmy Stevens; 17 John Yapp; 18. Leo Halavatau; 19.Ian Nimmo; 20. Gerard Ellis; 21. Sailosi Tagicakibau; 22. Shane Geraghty; 23. Darren Allinson.

Exeter Chiefs

15 Phil Dollman,14 Ian Whitten,13 Jason Shoemark,12 Sam Hill,11 Tom James,10 Gareth Steenson,9 Haydn Thomas,1 Brett Sturgess,2 Jack Yeandle,3 Hoani Tui,4 Dean Mumm (capt),5 Damian Welch,6 Ben White,7 James Scaysbrook,8 Tom Johnson

Replacements ; 16 Chris Whitehead,17 Ben Moon,18 Carl Rimmer,19 Tom Hayes,20 Kai Horstmann,21 Dave Lewis,22 Henry Slade,23 Matt Jess

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