London Irish opened their 2010/11 Heineken Cup campaign with a 23-17 victory over Munster in front of over 20,000 supporters at the Madejski Stadium.

Irish built up a 15-6 to take into half time, thanks to four penalty goals and a drop-goal from Ryan Lamb to two Ronan O'Gara penalties.

A Topsy Ojo interception try saw the Exiles pull clear in the second half before two O'Gara penalties reduced the Irish lead.

Delon Armitage kicked a massive penalty to secure the win, but a late Sam Tuitupou try secured the visitors a losing bonus point. Nevertheless, it was a memorable night and a brilliant win against a strong Munster side.

Scorers: London Irish: Tries: Ojo; Penalties: Lamb (4), Armitage, Drop Goals: Lamb; Munster: Tries: Tuitupou, Penalties: O’Gara (4)

London Irish

15 D Armitage; 14 Ojo, 13 Seveali'i, 12 Mapusua, 11 Tagicakibau; 10 Lamb, 9 Hodgson; 1 Dermody, 2 Buckland, 3 Rautenbach, 4 Kennedy, 5 Casey, 6 Roche, 7 Danaher, 8 Stowers

Replacements: Paice, Corbisiero, Lahiff, Garvey, Hala’ufia, Allinson, Bowden, Joseph


15 J Murphy; 14 Howlett,13 Earls, 12 Tuitupou, 11 D Hurley; 10 O'Gara, 9 Stringer; 1 Du Preez, 2 Varley, 3 Buckley, 4 O'Callaghan, 5 D. Ryan, 6 Leamy, 7 Ronan, 8 Coughlan

Replacements: Sherry, Horan, Hayes, O’Driscoll, Wallace, Deasy, Williams, Warwick,




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