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Fixture Type: LV= Cup
Match Date: Sat 01 Feb 2014
Kick Off: 16:00
Venue: Madejski Stadium
Referee: Steve Lee
Assistant Referee: Jonathan Healy
Assistant Referee: Roy Maybank
First half tries by Andrew Fenby, Shane Geraghty, Jamie Hagan and Sailosi Tagicakibau and a second half score from Myles Dorrian were enough to earn the five points.
Irish started the match with great intent and were rewarded early when Andrew Fenby dotted down in the corner against his former Club after only four minutes. The Irish forwards executed well at the line-out and pushed towards the line for five phases. Once they had sucked enough of the Scarlet defenders in, the ball was worked wide to Topsy Ojo who drew the last defender before passing to Fenby who had the simplest of run ins.
Scarlets cut the deficit to two points with a penalty from outside half Josh Lewis after eight minutes, but Irish responded quickly and went on to dominate the following exchanges but failed to trouble the scoreboard. A mixture of poor decision making and unforced errors cost Brian Smith's side when they had possession in the visitors 22.
The Exiles kept persevering and after 26 minutes had their second score thanks to some brilliant work between Geraghty and Mulchrone. The fly half gave his outside centre a short pass and Mulchrone busted through the attempted tackle before offloading back to Geraghty who dashed for the line, evading the Scarlets defenders to dive over. He added the conversion to put Irish 12-3 ahead.
The second try gave Irish impetus and, with their tailed up, they attacked into the heart of the Scarlets defence with the returning David Paice and Topsy Ojo combining well to edge Irish inches short of the visitors line. When the ball was recycled Jamie Hagan was on hand to score his second try in successive weeks.
There was still time for one more score before the break. Tomås O'Leary showed great vision to spot Sailosi Tagicakibau in acres of space on the far touchline and executed an inch perfect kick which the Samoan took in his stride and sprinted for the line, handing off the attempted tackle. The bonus point score on the stroke of half time made it London Irish 22 Scarlets 3.
The third quarter of the game saw no scores but plenty of attacking endeavour from both teams. Both sides were attacking from deep but as the weather got colder and colder, some of the passes failed to stick. A standout moment that has to be mentioned was the hit Ofisa Treviranus put on the Scarlet back that took an inside pass off his fly half.
Replacement second rower George Earl scored a try with eight minutes to go to give the travelling Scarlets supporters something to cheer about. However, the Exiles had the final say five minutes from time when Myles Dorrian took an inside pass off Ian Humphreys to run in under the posts. Humphreys conversion made the final score London Irish 29 Scarlets 10.
The Exiles return to premiership action next weekend with a trip to Allianz Park where they take on Saracens.
Score sequence (London Irish first): 5-0, 5-3, 12-3, 17-3, 22-3, 22-10, 29-10,
Scorers: London Irish: Tries: Fenby (4), Geraghty (26), Hagan (36), Tagicakibau (40), Dorrian (75); Conversions: Geraghty, Humphreys; Scarlets: Penalties: Lewis (8); Tries: Earl (72); Conversions: Owen
15. Topsy Ojo;14. Andrew Fenby; 13. Fergus Mulchrone; 12. Eamonn Sheridan; 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau (rep: Myles Dorrian, 59); 10. Shane Geraghty (Captain) (rep: Ian Humphreys, 40); 9. Tomás O’Leary (rep: Sean Kennedy, 40); 1. Matt Parr (rep: John Yapp, 40); 2. David Paice; (rep: Jimmy Stevens, 40) 3. CJ Van Der Linde (rep: Jamie Hagan, 20); 4. Bryn Evans (rep: George Skivington, 59); 5. Nic Rouse; 6. Danny Kenny; 7.Ofisa Treviranus; 8. Chris Hala’ufia (rep: Gerard Ellis, 40)
Replacements: 16. Jimmy Stevens; 17. John Yapp; 18. Jamie Hagan; 19. George Skivington; 20. Gerard Ellis; 21. Myles Dorrian; 22. Ian Humphreys; 23. Sean Kennedy
15. Jordan Williams; 14. Aaron Warren; 13. Jonathan Davies (rep: Adam Warren, 40); 12. Gareth Owen; 11. Frazier Climo (rep: Adam Warren, 16-20); 10. Josh Lewis (rep: Aled Thomas, 40); 9. Aled Davies (rep: Gareth Davies, 48); 1. Rob Evans (rep: Wyn jones, 48); 2. Darran Harris; 3. Deacon Manu (rep: Jacobie Adriannse, 39); 4. Richard Kelly; 5. Johan Snyman (rep: George Earl, 57); 6. Lewis Rawlins; 7. Craig Price (rep: Daniel Thomas, 16); 8. Rob McCusker (Captain)
Replacements: 16.Torin Myhill; 17. Wyn Jones; 18. Jacobie Adriaanse; 19. George Earle; 20. Daniel Thomas; 21. Gareth Davies; 22. Aled Thomas; 23. Adam Warren
\Referee: Steve Lee