Match Report 

10 May 2014: London Irish v Sale Sharks

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Match Report: 10 May 2014 London Irish v Sale Sharks

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Fixture Type: Aviva Premiership

Match Date: Sat 10 May 2014

Kick Off: 15:15

Venue: Madejski Stadium

Referee: Greg MacDonald

TV Match Official: Ashley Rowden

Assistant Referee: Roger Baileff

Assistant Referee: Andrew Pearce

London Irish staged a second half comeback to win 22-20 against Sale Sharks in front of over 8,000 supporters at Madejski Stadium.

It was a Madejski swan song for messrs Yarde, O'Connor and Gough and all three played their part in the narrow victory. However the two stand out players that will be wearing the Irish jersey next year were man of the match Ofisa Treviranus and double try scorer Andrew Fenby.

Irish outscored the Sharks three tries to two with Fenby scoring an outstanding winning try 17 minutes from time.

There was an electric atmosphere inside the Madejski Stadium for the final Aviva Premiership match of the 2013/14 season. The supporters were certainly not disappointed as both sides crossed for tries in the opening ten minutes.

The visitors were first on the board after a well worked line out five metres from the Irish line ended with back row forward Mark Easter diving in for a try sat the corner. Fly half Joe Ford added the tricky conversion to give Sale an early 7-0 lead.

Irish hit back immediately with a great team score. Ofisa Treviranus made the initial dart stepping inside the visitor's defence. The Samoan offloaded to Tomås O'Leary who swiftly passed to Geraghty who had options outside him. the fly half gave the ball early to James O'Connor who broke the first tackle and offloaded to Andrew Fenby who beat Tom Arscott to score the Exiles first try. O'Connor kicked the conversion to level the scores at 7-7.

Shortly after the Fenby score the heavens opened over Reading just as O'Connor was lining up a penalty attempt. The attempt narrowly missed and Sale took full advantage.

Sam Tuitupou executed a great tackle and turnover before passing to his partner in the centre, Jonny Leota. The Samoan drew the last defender and gave a pass to Tom Arscott who atoned for his earlier missed tackle with a five pointer. Ford converted to make it 14-7 to the side from the North-West.

Sale stretched their advantage further nine minutes before the break with the first penalty goal of the match off the reliable boot of Ford. Sale were dominating possession and Irish were finding it difficult to get the ball back.

on the stroke of half time London Irish were awarded a kickable penalty which this time O'Connor made no mistake with. The Wallaby struck the ball between the posts to make it a seven point game at half time with Sale leading 17-10.

After some stern words at the break from DoR Brian Smith, London Irish looked a different side, albeit after conceding an early penalty from Joe Ford.

Marland Yarde, making his final appearance for the Club, reminded the supporters of what they will be missing next season with a well taken try in the right hand corner. The England International beat his opposite man on the way to his fourth try in two games. O'Connor's conversion made it 17-20 to Sale and Irish were back in the match.

It was a day for the wingers and certainly for Andrew Fenby who bagged a brace and his second was a beauty. Sale cleared the ball from their own 22 after some great work down the flank from Marland yard was questionably halted, Homer gathered the ball and passed to Fenby on the half way line. The Welsh winger had plenty to do, but had the space to do it. He beat one man on the inside and put the afterburners on to sprint clear of the Sale defence for a fantastic individual score.

The try gave Irish a two point lead that they would never relinquish, however it did make for a nervy final 15 minutes.

Referee Greg Macdonald awarded Irish a penalty with a minute left and James O'Connor missed the attempt but it didn't matter as they ran out 22-20 victors.

London irish finish the season in 10th spot and now look forward to a summer break before moving to a new elite training facility in time for the 2014/15 season.

Score sequence (London Irish first): 0-7, 7-7, 7-14, 7-17, 10-17, 10-20, 17-20, 22-20,

Scorers: London Irish: Tries: Fenby (8, 64), Yarde (51); Conversions: O'Connor (2); Penalties: O'Connor (39); Sale Sharks: tries: Easter (5), Arscott (23); Conversions: Ford (2); Penalties: Ford (31, 47)

London Irish

15. Tom Homer; 14. Marland Yarde; 13. Fergus Mulchrone; 12. James O’Connor; 11. Andrew Fenby; 10. Shane Geraghty (Captain); 9. Tomás O’Leary; 1. Matt Parr (rep: Tom Smallbone, 55); 2. Mike Mayhew (rep: Jimmy Stevens, 40); 3. Leo Halavatau (rep: Jamie Hagan, 51-55, 59-); 4. Ian Gough (rep: Kieran Low, 40); 5. Nic Rouse; 6. Jebb Sinclair (rep: Gerard Ellis, 72); 7. Blair Cowan; 8. Ofisa Treviranus

Replacements: 16. Jimmy Stevens 17. Tom Smallbone; 18. Jamie Hagan; 19. Kieran Low; 20. Gerard Ellis; 21. Alex Lewington; 22. Myles Dorrian; 23. Ed Hoadley
Sale Sharks

15. Tom Arscott; 14. Tom Brady; 13. Jonny Leota; 12. Sammy Tuitupou (rep: Nick Macleod, 47); 11. Charlie Ingall; 10. Joe Ford (rep: Mark Jennings, 59); 9. Will Cliff (rep: Nathan Fowles, 73); 1. Ross Harrison (rep: Efion Lewis-Roberts, 59); 2. Tommy Taylor (rep: Marc Jones, 59); 3. Henry Thomas (rep: Vadim Cobilas, 47); 4. Andrei Ostrikov (rep:Kirill Kulemin, 65); 5. Michael Paterson; 6. Mark Easter (rep:Viliami Fahiki, 65); 7. David Seymour; 8. James Gaskell

Replacements: 16. Marc Jones; 17. Eifion Lewis Roberts; 18. Vadim Cobilas; 19. Kirill Kulemin; 20. Viliami Fahiki; 21. Nathan Fowles; 22. Nick Macleod; 23. Mark Jennings

Referee: Greg MacDonald

Attendance: 8,791