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London Irish 42-24 Worcester Warriors

London Irish (16) 42
Tries: Shingler, Hala'ufia, Joseph, Homer, Thompstone
Conversions: Homer 4 Penalties: Homer 3
Worcester (10) 24
Tries: Garvey 2, Benjamin
Conversions: Goode 2, Carlisle Penalties: Goode

Steve Shingler's opening try at the Madejski
Irish centre Steve Shingler evades Marcel Garvey to claim the opening try

London Irish climbed to fourth in the Premiership with a bonus-point win over Worcester at the Madejski Stadium.

Centre Steve Shingler's first-half try, matched by winger Miles Benjamin's for Worcester, carved a slender 16-10 interval lead for the home side.

But Irish ran in four tries after the break through Christopher Hala'ufi, Jonathon Joseph, Tom Homer, who landed seven kicks, and Adam Thompstone.

Marcel Garvey's two second-half efforts merely narrowed the margin of defeat.

While Homer ended with a 22-point individual haul, adding three penalties to his four conversions, Warriors' Andy Goode kicked both his conversion attempts and a first-half penalty before Joe Carlisle came off the bench to improve Garvey's second try, with the last play of the game.

The Exiles' win was all the more impressive as they were without five injured first-teamers.

But Worcester, who have failed to win away from home in the Premiership in 22 attempts, were without both their scrum-halves: England old boy Shaun Perry, who has a long-term knee problem, and Jonny Arr.

Irish grabbed their first try inside eight minutes when Shingler got over the line from 35 metres out, Homer converting.

But Darren Allinson deliberately then held back Benjamin on the Exiles' 10-metre line to earn himself a spell in the sin-bin. And Worcester took advantage when Goode went past the home centres on the left to feed Benjamin for a corner score that the stand-off also converted.

Two mistakes before and after Allinson's return to the action gave Homer easy penalties, either side of one from Goode to create an interval advantage of 16-10.

But, despite Goode keeping Worcester in it with his astute tactical kicking, the hosts took the initiative again after the break when Hala'ufia picked up the ball from the base of a scrum to storm over under the posts.

They went well clear when Joseph ran past the opposition and through a gap in the defence from 20 metres out to get another touchdown.

Garvey hit back with a neat try under the posts, which Goode converted. But there was not going to be any dramatic fight-back from Worcester, Homer going over for his side's fourth bonus-point try, which he converted himself, just after the hour.

After being nudged into touch a foot from the line, home winger Thompstone was rewarded two minutes from time when he started and finished a move on the left to score, but Worcester had the final word through Garvey.

London Irish head coach Toby Booth:

"It was quite a professional performance. There were a couple of things that were sent to try us, with our number nine [Darren Allinson] getting sin-binned for example, and a well-drilled Worcester side, but we coped with those two things today.

"It is like a stuck record this season in that it is the Jonathan Joseph-Tommy Homer-Steve Shingler show. It is very encouraging for the future.

"Daniel Bowden is a nice box of tricks too and what was pleasing was his balance was very good. The thing about being a gifted footballer is sometimes you try a bit too hard yourself or you force the ball in attack and you bring defences onto you.

"But, on numerous occasions, he unlocks defences which are ruling the roost. To have someone who can do that is very important.

"The boys will be back from the World Cups soon so to have some extra resources as we have now will be fantastic for the club."

Worcester head coach Richard Hill:

"Our attack was much improved and the ball retention was excellent. We have been creating line breaks in previous matches but we had not been finishing them off and we finished three off today.

"There were another two or three clear-cut scoring chances in the first half as well. But, unfortunately, you fix one thing and something else goes.

"It was not the best defensive day we have had and I suppose you have an off-day in defence, but it was disappointing.

"If we could have had a rock-solid defence as it has been in recent weeks, to score three tries we would have been in with a chance of winning the game."


London Irish: Homer; Ojo, Joseph, Shingler, Thompstone; Bowden, Allinson; Lahiff, Paice, Rautenbach; Kennedy, Evans; Danaher, Gibson, Hala'ufia.

Replacements: Ion for Rautenbach (48), Hodgson for Allinson (54), G Armitage for Joseph (65), Gray for Danaher (65), Buckland for Paice (65), Jarvis for Shingler (70), George for Lahiff (72), Sisi for Kennedy (75),

Sin Bin: Allinson (11).

Replacements: Buckland, Ion, Sisi, Gray, G Armitage, Jarvis, Hodgson, George.

Worcester: Claassens; Garvey, Grove, Rasmussen, Benjamin; Goode, Frost; Mullan, Shervington, Taumoepeau; Percival, Gillies; Best, Abbott, Chris Jones.

Replacements: Kvesic for Best (60), Carlisle for Goode (61), Ceri Jones for Mullan (63), Fortey for Shervington (63), Tomaszczyk for Taumoepeau (63), Balding for Percival (63), Arscott for Benjamin (68), Gray for Frost (72).

Attendance: 6,385.

Referee: John Paul Doyle (RFU).

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