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Fixture Type: LV= Cup
Match Date: Sun 27 Jan 2013
Kick Off: 15:00
Halani Aulika scored a brace and Alex Gray dived over as Irish scored six tries to the visitors three. It puts Brian Smith’s side in pole position going into the final round next weekend which sees Irish travel to Cardiff on Friday evening.
Victory this afternoon means Irish are still unbeaten in 2013.
The match started at a frenetic pace. The visitors had come to play some rugby and were throwing the ball around nicely with Matevasi and Lemi showing some nice touches.
The visitors took the lead on three minutes with Danny Gray slotting a straightforward penalty goal. Tom Homer put the Exiles level seven minutes later after a great run by Sailosi Tagicakibau.
Halani Aulika pounced for yet another try on 15 minutes. Marland Yarde broke down the left hand touchline to put Irish on the front foot. The England winger regained his feet and sent a wide pass to Matt Garvey who punched the ball up the middle where Aulika was supporting.
The Tongan tighthead sniped where the Worcester guards should have been and dived under the posts. Homer slotted the straightforward conversion to put Irish 10 – 3 ahead.
Irish were playing an exciting and expansive brand of rugby and this led to their second try. Mike Mayhew, on debut, hit Matt Garvey in the lineout and dropped the ball down to Halani Aulika who was driven over for his second try. Homer kicked his second to give Irish a 14 point buffer.
The Exiles finished the first half in superb style. Geraghty was again the orchestrator as he nudged a nicely weighted kick for Marland Yarde to chase and get his hand to it first. It was a well-deserved try for the winger who had a tremendous first half.
Irish started the second half in the ascendancy. Tom Homer turned the ball over at the break down and Pat Phibbs saw space in behind the visitors, so wisely choose to chip through. The Australian won the race to the ball, offloaded out of the tackle but unfortunately the ball was knocked on. The Irish pack won a penalty from the resulting scum and Tom Homer made it 25-3.
After Homer’s penalty it was all Worcester. They enjoyed a solid spell of possession which eventually told when Danny Gray darted over for a try. Irish still led by 15 points at 25-10.
The Irish response was immediate and another outstanding forward effort finished off with Alex Gray finishing in the corner. Homer added the conversion to make it 32-10.
David Lemi scored another for Worcester before Yarde crossed for his second try which was a fantastic individual effort.
James Percival scored Worcester’s third try before Yarde dived over for his hatrick. The winger put the ball on the toe and chased from half way and won the race to complete an outstanding performance. That made the final score London Irish 46 Worcester 24.
Score sequence (London Irish first): 0-3, 3-3, 10-3, 17-3, 22-3, 25-3, 32-10, 32-17, 39-17, 39-24, 46-24
Scorers: Worcester: Penalties: Gray (3); Tries: Gray (53), Lemi (63), Percival (74); Conversions: Gray, Goode; London Irish: Penalties: Homer (10, 42); Tries: Aulika (15, 31), Yarde (40, 68, 79), Gray (56); Conversions: Homer (5)
15. Tom Homer; 14. Topsy Ojo (rep: Anthony Watson, 62); 13. Guy Armitage; 12. Sailosi Tagicakibau; 11. Marland Yarde; 10. Shane Geraghty (Captain) (rep: Ian Humphreys, 68); 9. Pat Phibbs (rep: Jack Moates, 62); 1. Max Lahiff (rep: Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 64); 2. Mike Mayhew (rep: Davy McGregor, 64); 3. Halani Aulika (rep: Leo Halavatau, 64); 4. George Skivington (rep: James Sandford, 64); 5. Bryn Evans; 6. Matt Garvey (rep: Kieran Low, 57); 7. Jebb Sinclair; 8. Alex Gray
Replacements: 16. Davy McGregor; 17. Jerry Yanuyanutawa; 18. Leo Halavatau; 19. James Sandford; 20. Kieran Low; 21. Anthony Watson; 22. Ian Humphreys; 23. Jack Moates
15. Errie Classens (rep: Andy Good, 53); 14. Josh Drauniniu; 13. Jon Clarke; 12. Josh Matavesi (rep: Andy Short, 53); 11. David Lemi; 10. Danny Gray; 9. Jonny Arr (rep: Ollie Frost, 64); 1. Ceri Jones (rep: Rob ODoinell, 62); 2. Ollie Hayes (rep: Ed Shervington, 62); 3. James Currie (rep: John Andress, 62); 4. Dean Schofield (Captain); 5. Craig Gillies (rep: James Percival, 62); 6. Richard De Carpentier; 7. Jake Abbott (rep: Sam Betty, 63); 8. Blair Cowan
Replacements: 16. Ed Shervington; 17. Rob O’Donnell; 18. John Andress; 19. James Percival; 20. Sam Betty; 21. Ollie Frost; 22. Andy Goode; 23. Andy Short
Referee: Leighton Hodges
Attendance: 5, 038