London Irish ‘A’ went down 17-0 against Bath United at Hazelwood in the final Aviva A League fixture of the season.
Tries at the end of either half from Adam Hastings and Billy Harding proved decisive as the West Countrymen left Sunbury-upon-Thames with the spoils.
In a stop start affair on a typically spring evening in southwest London, both sides looked edgy in attack with clear-cut chances at a premium.
Physicality and sheer brute strength was the order of the evening, neither outfit able to create a piece of magic with ball in hand.
It was not until the stroke of half-time that the first score came in the shape of Bath centre Adam Hastings, who raced in from 30 metres out following a neat sidestep that bamboozled the Exiles’ defensive line. Hastings, son of former Scotland and Lions captain Gavin, added the extras from an acute angle to give Bath a 7-0 lead at the interval.
It was much the same story after the break, a penalty from the boot of Hastings extended Bath’s advantage to 10-0, before replacement hooker Bill Harding crashed over for a try in the 77th minute. Harding hit the ball at pace following a series of drives to rubberstamp the victory for the visitors. Hastings’ conversion ended the game 17-0 to Bath to wrap up a productive A League campaign for the Club.
London Irish A: 15 Christian Lewis-Pratt, 14 Ollie Hassell-Collins, 13 Tom Farrell, 12 Ross Neal, 11 Joe Cockanasiga, 10 Tom Halse, 9 Callum Watson, 1 Johnny Harris, 2 Jimmy Stevens, 3 Geoff Cross, 4 Ollie Curry, 5 Charlie Davey, 6 Tom Preece, 7 Luke Frost, 8 Isaac Curtis-Harris
Replacements: 16 Curtis Langdon, 17 Harry Elrington, 18 Sam Nixon, 19 Theo Vukasinovic, 20 Austin Hay, 21 Ben Loader, 22 Jacob Atkins, 23 Dan Grant
Bath United: 15 Darren Atkins, 14 Levi Davies, 13 Liam Forsyth, 12 Adam Hastings, 11 Jeff Williams, 10 Laurence May, 9 Jonathan Evans, 1 Beno Obano, 2 Dan Frost, 3 Kane Palma-Newport, 4 Alex Humfrey, 5 Pat Jenkinson, 6 Levi Douglas, 7 Max Northcote-Green, 8 Zach Mercer
Replacements: 16 Billy Harding, 17 Will Vaughan, 18 Jack Edmondson, 19 Will Britton, 20 Josh Bayliss, 21 Will Homer, 22 Henry Martin, 23 Cameron Brown