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Fixture Type: Aviva Premiership
Match Date: Sat 20 Apr 2013
Kick Off: 15:00
Venue: Madejski Stadium
Assistant Referee: Ashley Rowden
Assistant Referee: Nigel Carrick
Referee: Dean Richards
Halani Aulika took his try scoring tally to 11 for the season with two tries. Guy Armitage crossed for a brace and Chris Hala’ufia, Sailosi Tagicakibau and Matt Garvey rounded off the scoring.
London Welsh clearly came to the Madejski Stadium to chance their arm. They dominated possession early on and gained three points off the boot of Ross for their efforts.
Irish responded emphatically with a try straight from the restart. The ball went out off of a London Welsh player. Darren Allinson took a quick line out and spun the ball wide Tom Homer who passed a flat ball to Guy Armitage who powered his way past three defenders and dived in the corner. Humphreys converted to put the Irish Exiles in front.
Irish adopted a running philosophy right from the off. 20 minutes passed by without any Irish player kicking the ball in open play. Welsh were playing equally positively and scored their first try on 19 minutes through the lively, Seb Stegmann, to put Welsh back into the lead.
Both sides were certainly looking to put on a show for supporters and the supporters were being entertained with some end to end rugby. Irish came very close to scoring their second try after two minutes of good possession, however the ball was turned over and Welsh went the length of the field and scored a fantastic team try. Ross converted to put the visitors 8 points ahead.
There was a stoppage in play after the try for an injury to London Welsh centre, Sonny Parker. Irish came back again from the resulting restart and stretched the Welsh defence. Guy Armitage was tackled short of the line and Halani Aulika powered his way over for his 10th try of the season.
Irish were beginning to dominate the match and crossed for their third try after some individual brilliance from birthday boy Marland Yarde. The winger demonstrated his pace and power in the lead up and Chris Hala’ufia finished off for the try. Irish went into half time 19-15 ahead.
Irish came out of the sheds fired up and crossed for their bonus point try within three minutes of the re-start. Halani Aulika crossed, again, for his second try of the match. Humphreys conversion put Irish 11 points clear at 26-15.
Gordon Ross restored the visitor’s hope, with two penalties, to keep them in touch at 26-21.
Irish continued to dominate the forward exchanges and scored their fifith try after some great work up front culminated in a try for Tagicakibau on 62 minutes. The tries kept coming, firstly through Matt Garvey, who worked tirelessly throughout in his final game at the Madejski for London Irish, and Guy Armitage dotted down his second try of the match after waltzing through the visitors defence.
Greg Bateman crossed for a consolation for London Welsh five minutes before time to make the final score London Irish 47 London Welsh 28.
Irish travel to Welford Road in two weeks’ time as their season finishes off against Leicester Tigers.
Score sequence (London Irish first): 0-3, 7-3, 7-8, 7-15, 14-15, 19-15, 26-15, 26-18, 26-21, 33-21, 40-21, 47-21, 47-28,
Scorers: London Welsh: Penalties: Ross (7, 47, 50); Tries: Stegmann (19); Scott (32), Bateman (75); Conversions: Ross (2); London Irish: Tries: Armitage (8, 69), Aulika (33, 43), Hala’ufia (37), Tagicakibau (62), Garvey (67); Conversions: Humphreys (6)
15. Tom Homer (rep: Topsy Ojo, 69); 14. Marland Yarde; 13. Guy Armitage; 12. Steven Shingler (rep: Shane Geraghty, 69); 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau (77); 10. Ian Humphreys; 9. Darren Allinson (rep: Jack Moates, 65); 1. Alex Corbisiero (rep: Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 65); 2. David Paice (rep: Scott Lawson, 52); 3. Halani Aulika (rep: Leo Halavatau, 59-62, 67-); 4. George Skivington (Captain); 5. Bryn Evans (rep: Kieran Low, 69); 6. Matt Garvey; 7. Ofisa Treviranus; 8. Chris Hala’ufia (rep: Declan Danaher, 47)
Replacements: 16. Scott Lawson; 17. Jerry Yanuyanutawa; 18. Leo Halavatau; 19. Kieran Low; 20. Declan Danaher; 21. Topsy Ojo; 22. Shane Geraghty; 23. Jack Moates
15. Tom Arscott; 14. Nick Scott; 13. Seb Stegmann; 12. Sonny Parker (rep: Alex Davies, 33); 11. Dan Caprice (rep: Joe Ajuwa, 57); 10. Gordon Ross (Captain); 9. Tyson Keats; 1. Tom Bristow (rep: Arthur Joly, 65); 2. Greg Bateman; 3. Paulica Ion (rep: James Tideswell, 64); 4. Matt Corker; 5. Kirill Kulemin; 6. Julio Cabello Farias; 7. Michael Hills (rep: Adam Brown, 10); 8. Daniel Browne
Replacements: 16. Dan George; 17. Arthur Joly; 18. James Tideswell; 19. Adam Brown; 20. Adam Balding; 21. Rob Lewis; 22. Alex Davies; 23. Joe Ajuwa
Referee: Dean Richards