London Irish gained a valuable victory in their first home match at the Madejski Stadium in Saturday 2 September 2000, defeating Saracens 27 - 22 in front of over 7,000 supporters.

The win saw Irish take four points from the match and open their Thames Valley beginnings in the perfect way whilst also ensuring a upbeat experience for supporters in attendance.

Kieron Dawson and Paul Sackey crossed for the London Irish tries with Jarrod Cunningham booting 17 points.

Thomas Castaignede scored a full house for the visitors a try, conversion, drop goal and four penalties for a good day for the Frenchman personally.

A young Declan Danaher, the Exiles now Assistant Coach was among the replacements on the day nearly 20 years ago.

Scorers: London Irish: Tries: Sackey, Dawson, Conversions: Cunningham, Penalties: Cunningham (5); Saracens: Tries: Castaignede; Conversions: Castaignede, Penalties: Castaignede (4), Drop goals: Castaignede

London Irish:

15 Conor O'Shea (c), 14 Paul Sackey, 13 Tabai Matson, 12 Jason Wright, 11 Justin Bishop, 10 Jarrod Cunningham, 9 Kieran Campbell, 1 Mike Worsley, 2 Richard Kirke, 3 Simon Halford, 4 Ryan Strudwick, 5 Steve Williams, 6 Eddie Halvey, 7 Kieron Dawson, 8 Chris Sheasby

Replacements: 16 Kevin Ellis, 17 Barry Everitt, 18 Dinos Alexopoulos, 19 Declan Danaher, 20 Neal Hatley, 21 Rob Hardwick, 22 Glenn Delaney


15 Thomas Castaignede, 14 Dan Luger, 13 Ben Johnston, 12 Kevin Sorrell, 11 Darragh O'Mahony, 10 Duncan McRae, 9 Kyran Bracken (c), 1 David Flatman, 2 Matt Cairns, 3 Julian White, 4 Scott Murray, 5 Danny Grewcock, 6 Richard Hill, 7 Tony Roques, 8 Kris Chesney

Replacements: 16 Paul Wallace, 17 Tony Diprose, 18 Bill Davison, 19 Ben Cole, 20 James Parkes,

21 Nick Walshe, 22 Brett Sparg


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