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The Exiles scored six tries in total, including four second half scores to put the Top 14 outfit to the sword on a fantastic evening for rugby at the Stade Andre Moga.
Chris Hala’ufia, Topsy Ojo, Jonathan Joseph, Halani Aulika and two tries from Samoan International, Sailosi Tagicakibau saw the Exiles triumphant.
Ian Humphreys was outstanding with the boot landing some tricky conversions from out wide.
London Irish started the match with an attacking mind-set and continued it throughout. The Exiles set their stall out with some expansive passing movements from the very first whistle. The Irish half backs of O’Leary and Humphreys were always looking to play with ball in hand and to attack from deep.
Lachie Munro put the hosts 6-0 ahead with two well struck penalties before leading the field with an injury. Irish up to this point had still been the more dominant but were yet to register on the scoreboard.
Confidence was clearly high amongst Brian Smith’s troops and was indicated when Ian Humphreys decided to put the ball into the corner rather than opting for the kick at goal 14 minutes in. The option worked perfectly and was executed outstandingly by all eight forwards. Chris Hala’ufia was on hand at the back of the driving maul to dot down his side’s first score. Humphreys conversion put London Irish 7-6 in front.
The exciting, enterprising rugby continued and paid off perfectly when Topsy Ojo went hurtling over for Irish’ second try of the evening.
Stretching their opponents regularly, their perseverance was rewarded on 22 minutes when Humphreys fed an inside ball to Ojo who finished outstandingly well. The Ulsterman converted the score to extend the London Irish lead.
Irish continued to dominate possession and territory for the remainder of the half but were unable to trouble the scoreboard. 14-6 they led at the break.
Irish came flying out of the blocks at the start of the second half and edged further ahead with an Ian Humphreys penalty from in front of the posts.
Seven minutes later and Brian Smith’s side had their third try. Halani Aulika dived over for his third try of the season and continued his reputation as the most lethal member of the Irish squad from a metre out.
Sailosi Tagicakibau dived over for his first tries of the season within eight minutes to seal the victory. Matt Garvey had a great hand in the first, ripping the ball off the opponent to put Irish on the front foot.
England International, Jonathan Joseph, intercepted and ran 90 metres to cap a superb evening for London Irish.
Bordeaux-Begles claimed a late consolation try to make the final score London Irish 43 Bordeaux-Begles 16.
London Irish welcome Mont-De-Marsan to Madejski Stadium next Saturday for Round 2 of the Amlin Challenge Cup.
Score sequence (London Irish first): 0-3, 0-6, 7-6, 14-6, 17-6, 17-9, 24-9, 31-9, 36-9, 43-9, 43-16
Scorers: London Irish: Tries: Hala’ufia (15), Ojo (22), Aulika (49), Tagicakibau (55, 64), Joseph (72); Conversions: Humphreys (4), Shingler
Penalties: Humphreys (42); Bordeaux-Begles: Penalties: Munro (2, 13), Talebula (44); Tries: Charles Brousse (79)
15. Darly Domvo; 14. Avesini Vasuinubu; 13. Charles Brousse; 12. Michel Denetre; 11. Thierry Brana rep: Damien Larrieu, 45); 10. Lachie Munro (rep: Metuisela Talebula, 22); 9. Julien Seron; 1. Hikairo Forbes; 2. Fabien Rofes; 3. Jefferson Poirot (rep: Yacin Boutemane, 63) ; 4. Carolis Navickas; 5. François Tisseau; 6. Gauthier Gibouin; 7. Rohan Kitshoff; 8. Sisa Koyamaibole (rep: Damien Larrieu, 56)
Replacements: 16. Stéphane Fort; 17. Franck Labbe; 18. Yacin Boutemane; 19. Andrew Chauveau; 20. Baptiste Serin; 21. Metuisela Talebula; 22. Damien Larrieu
London Irish team
15. Steven Shingler; 14. Topsy Ojo; 13. Jonathan Joseph; 12. Guy Armitage; 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau; 10. Ian Humphreys (rep: Anthony Watson, 65); 9. Tomás O’Leary (rep: Jack Moates, 56); 1. Max Lahiff rep: Richard Palframan, 65); 2. David Paice (rep: Brian Blaney, 65); 3. Halani Aulika (rep: Cai Griffiths, 65); 4. Bryn Evans (Captain); 5. Matt Garvey (rep: Kieran Low, 56); 6. Ofisa Treviranus (rep: Alex Gray, 56); 7. Jamie Gibson (rep: Max Lahiff, 75); 8. Chris Hala’ufia (rep: Declan Danaher, 38)
Replacements: 16. Brian Blaney; 17. Richard Palframan; 18. Cai Griffiths; 19. Kieran Low; 20. Declan Danaher; 21. Alex Gray; 22. Anthony Watson; 23. Jack Moates