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 Sunday, 15 December, 2002, 18:46 GMT
Irish trounce Newport
Newport were blown away by London Irish
Heineken Cup - Pool Five
London Irish 42-5 Newport

London Irish bounced back from last week's defeat against Newport to record a comprehensive victory over the Black and Ambers.

Barry Everitt had 22 points as Irish ran in five tries to keep their hopes of qualifying for the Heineken Cup quarter-finals alive.

Irish must now beat Edinburgh and Toulouse, the Pool Five runaway leaders, in their final two games as well as further improving their try count.

Match details
London Irish (21) 42
Tries: Everitt, Bishop, Venter, Horak, Mapletoft
Cons: Everitt (4)
Pens: Everitt (3)
Newport (0) 5
Tries: Jones-Hughes
Att: 7,102
Everitt set them on the right track with an early penalty and worse was to follow for Newport when second row Simon Raiwalui was sin-binned for 10 minutes after a high and late tackle on full-back Michael Horak.

Irish capitalised from the resulting penalty as Everitt spotted a gap to waltz through the defence for a try which he converted himself.

The Irish pack piled on the pressure and it eventually paid dividends as winger Justin Bishop raced over in the corner.

All we can do is go up to Edinburgh and try to turn in another performance like that

London Irish director of rugby Conor O'Shea
Everitt missed the conversion but his side were still 21-0 ahead by half-time after he landed a couple of penalties.

It was more of the same in the second half when player-coach Brendan Venter stretched the lead with another try which Everitt converted.

Irish took the opportunity to introduce 33-year-old replacement Rob Hardwick to celebrate his 100th appearance for the club in style.

We were beaten by a better side on the day

Newport director of rugby Darryl Jones
Hardwick, who had marked the occasion by leading the side out with his sons Tom, Robin and Will, replaced Simon Halford in the front row.

Irish were forced to play for 10 minutes without flanker Kieron Dawson who was sin-binned for repeatedly killing the ball.

Although Newport tried to challenge, the home side were just too strong with Michael Horak and replacement Mark Mapletoft adding to the tally.

Newport finally got on the scoresheet when centre Jason Jones-Hughes touched down but Jason Strange missed the easy conversion.

London Irish: Michael Horak; Paul Sackey, Nick Burrows, Brenden Venter, Justin Bishop; Barry Everitt, Hentie Martens; Mike Worsley, Naka Drotske, Simon Halford, Ryan Strudwick (capt), Glenn Delaney, Paul Gustard, Kieron Dawson, Chris Sheasby.
Reps: Darren Edwards, Mark Mapletoft, James Cockle, Richard Kirke, Declan Danaher, Neal Hatley, Rob Hardwick.

Newport: Shane Howarth; Matt Mostyn, Jason Jones-Hughes, Andy Marinos, Hal Luscombe; Jason Strange, Dale Burn; Ceri Jones, Paul Young, Chris Anthony, Simon Raiwalui (capt), Mike Voyle, Joe Powell, Gareth Gravell, Steve Ojomoh.
Reps: Rod Snow, James Richards, Ian Gough, Matthew Veater, Matt Pini, Luke Nabaro.

Ref: Antonio Lombardi (Italy)

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07 Dec 02 | European
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