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Fixture Type: Aviva Premiership
Match Date: Fri 20 Dec 2013
Kick Off: 19:45
Venue: AJ Bell Stadium
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
TV Match Official: Trevor Fisher
Assistant Referee: Chris Sharp
Assistant Referee: Luke Pearce
First half tries by Tom Brady and David Seymour left the Exiles with work to do to get themselves back into the match in very tricky conditions in the North-West. However it wasn’t to be and defeat now leaves them 11th in the Aviva Premiership table.
Danny Cipriani kicked a second half penalty to make it 15-0 before Ian Humphreys kicked his sides only points of the evening off the kicking tee.
Sharks winger Tom Brady opened the scoring midway through the first half when he collected a Danny Cipriani kick that had a fortuitous bounce up over James O’Connor in the wet conditions. The fly half converted to make it 7-0.
Things got better for the hosts when their impressive back rower David Seymour was driven over for their second score to leave Brian Smith’s side a mountain to climb in the second half.
The wind was at the Exiles backs in the second stanza but they were unable to make the most of that advantage. Cipriani and Humphreys kicked a penalty goal each and Irish lost Chris Hala’ufia to the sin bin to complete a woeful evening for London Irish.
Exiles Director of Rugby Brian Smith said: “Sale played the conditions fairly well so fair play to them, but there was a crazy bounce on the cross field kick for their first try and seven points is always going to be a lot on a night like last night.”
Score sequence (London Irish first): 0-7, 0-12, 0-15, 3-15
Scorers: Sale Sharks: Tries: Brady (18); Seymour (27); Conversions: Cipriani; Penalties: Cipriani (47); London Irish: Penalties: Humphreys (67)
15. Rob Miller; 14. Tom Brady; 13. Mark Jennings (rep: Phil Mackenzie, 23); 12. Sam Tuitupou; 11. Mark Cueto; 10. Danny Cipriani; 9. Dwayne Peel (rep: Will Cliff, 67); 1. Sam Harrison (rep: Efion Lewis Roberts, 58); 2. Tommy Taylor (rep: Marc Jones, 58); 3. Vadim Cobilas (rep: Henry Thomas, 58); 4. Jonathan Mills (rep: Andrei Ostrikov, 59); 5. Michael Paterson; 6. Daniel Braid; 7. David Seymour; 8. James Gaskell
Replacements: 16. Marc Jones; 17. Efion Lewis Roberts; 18. Henry Thomas; 19. Kirill Kulemin; 20. Andrei Ostrikov; 21. Will Cliff; 22. Joe Ford; 23. Phil Mackenzie
15. James O’Connor (rep: Alex Lewington, 67); 14. Topsy Ojo; 13. Fergus Mulchrone; 12. Eamonn Sheridan; 11. Andrew Fenby; 10. Ian Humphreys (rep: Shane Geraghty, 74); 9. Tomás O’Leary (rep: Darren Allinson, 49); 1. Matt Parr (rep: John Yapp, 57); 2. Jimmy Stevens (rep: Mike Mayhew, 62); 3. Leo Halavatau (rep: Jamie Hagan, 51); 4. George Skivington (Captain) (rep: Nic Rouse, 51); 5. Ian Gough; 6. Jebb Sinclair (rep: Ofisa Treviranus, 62); 7. Blair Cowan; 8. Chris Hala’ufia
Replacements: 16. Mike Mayhew; 17. John Yapp; 18. Jamie Hagan; 19. Nic Rouse; 20. Ofisa Treviranus; 21. Alex Lewington; 22. Shane Geraghty; 23. Darren Allinson
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth