Exile Nation, it’s time to select your favourite score of the 2022/23 campaign!
In a season the Club clinched their highest league finish since 2009, the Exiles achieved it in some style with tries for the ages.
From that Arundell chip to some showboating class against Sale, here’s 10 of the best from Declan Kidney’s men over the last nine months.
Henry Arundell vs Worcester Warriors | Gallagher Premiership (10/09/2022)
What a way to start the campaign! Although the result was voided against Worcester Warriors, we couldn’t not include this special piece of footwork from Academy graduate Henry Arundell. A true moment of magic!
Paddy Jackson vs Bristol Bears | Gallagher Premiership (24/09/2022)
Teamwork at its finest here in Bear Country. Fly-half Paddy Jackson starts and finishes a flowing sequence off a scrum involving young backs Henry Arundell and Will Joseph, with some eye-catching handling to get us to the whitewash.
Ollie Hassell-Collins vs Harlequins | Gallagher Premiership (29/10/2022)
Whilst the final result may not have swung in favour of the traveling Boys in Green, there can be no doubt about the beauty of this try. Ollie Hassell-Collins included this score as one his favourite five after achieving 200 Club points earlier on in the season. OHC turning on the burners on derby day!
Ollie Hassell-Collins vs Leicester Tigers | Gallagher Premiership (27/11/2022)
Like clockwork: Tom Pearson turnover. Offload to Joe Powell. Quick hands to Benhard Janse van Rensburg. Then an assist to the onrushing Ollie Hassell-Collins. 60+ metres run with three defenders beaten. The London Irish way!
Will Joseph vs DHL Stormers | Heineken Champions Cup (17/12/2022)
More individual brilliance from an Academy product, this time from centre Will Joseph. With Irish peaking in the second half of their Heineken Champions Cup Round 2 fixture away to DHL Stormers, Joseph’s quick feet followed on from Ben White’s trademark tap-and-go to get the touchdown. Count those defenders beaten!
Chandler Cunningham-South vs Saracens | Gallagher Premiership (23/12/2022)
A try that meant so much to so many, no less Chandler Cunningham-South. With the result hanging in the balance in the dying embers of a London derby match-up at the Gtech Community Stadium, a Chunya Munga lineout steal set the winning sequence in motion. Caolan Englefield located Tom Pearson, who evaded three opposing defenders on a marauding run before offloading to Ignacio Ruiz. A swift recycle of the ball found Cunningham-South who bundled over to secure the win, with Irish being just two points to the good with as many minutes remaining prior to the Kiwi’s score.
Paddy Jackson vs Bath Rugby | Gallagher Premiership (18/02/2023)
The former Ireland international fly-half was once again involved in a searing blindside offensive down the right flank at the Recreation Ground. The ball was worked down the line through Juan Martín González, Tom Pearson, Jackson and James Stokes with the full-back finding the fly-half to contribute to the Exiles securing their first away win against Bath Rugby since 2009 on the afternoon.
Tarek Haffar vs Sale Sharks | Gallagher Premiership (12/03/2023)
A moment Tarek Haffar will never forget! Once again, with the result far from certainty a young Academy forward steps up to seize the day. Haffar showed a clean pair of heels after great industry from Tom Pearson and Josh Caulfield in their carrying to navigate Irish up the park. A first Premiership try after only three league games, not bad Tarek!
James Stokes vs Sale Sharks | Gallagher Premiership (12/03/2023)
If Haffar’s score sealed a first win over Sale Sharks in almost eight years, then James Stokes’ effort was the cherry on the cake. A one-handed out-the-back offload from Tom Pearson preceded a pinpoint cross-field punt from Paddy Jackson, with Lucio Cinti’s boisterous running setting up his fellow outside back in Stokes. True Brentford Globetrotters on parade here.
Tom Pearson vs Northampton Saints | Gallagher Premiership (25/03/2023)
The man involved in so many of Irish’s best tries finally gets his mention on the scoresheet. Back-row power was the order of the day to get London Irish underway in their St. Patrick’s Party fixture against Northampton Saints. So’otala Fa’aso’o dotted down before Tom Pearson’s umpteenth linebreak of his breakout campaign to fend off five defenders en route to the try line.
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