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- Aviva Premiership
- 20th Apr 2013
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Madejski Stadium
- Att: 11,716
Aviva Premiership: Brian Smith hails London Irish prop Halani Aulika
Once you get into the opposition 22 he is a real strike-force. He knows his way to the try-line. I think he is clearly the best short-range try scorer in the league, and there's a lot of him.
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London Irish head coach Brian Smith praised Halani Aulika after the prop continued his try-scoring run with a brace in the win over London Welsh.
Aulika has scored 11 tries this season and his brace was part of a seven-try riot for Irish against a Welsh side already consigned to relegation from the Aviva Premiership.
Guy Armitage also notched two for Irish and Chris Hala'ufia, Sailosi Tagicakibau and Matt Garvey all also crossed, but it was the contribution of Aulika that stood out for Smith.
"I'm delighted for him," Smith said. "I think the whole team wanted him to stay on to get a hat-trick. For a tighthead to get a hat-trick, you wouldn't have seen that every day.
"Once you get into the opposition 22 he is a real strike-force. He knows his way to the try-line.
"I think he is clearly the best short-range try scorer in the league, and there's a lot of him.
"The game was a good one for the neutral. Both teams wanted to play. We were running from our own try-line and they did too. There are things we are happy about as well as things we are not."
Welsh coach Lyn Jones wants his side to show more commitment in their final Premiership outing of the season against Worcester on 4 May.
"I'm sure if we show a lot of commitment and the right attitude then we might be able to go and get something against Worcester," he said.
"But that is not down to me - that is down to the players."
He added: "We were in the game all the time. We played some good rugby, but we kept gifting London Irish points from the restarts and from sloppy errors really.
"You need the edge to get stuck in; if you don't you will have a difficult time in this league.
"We need to enjoy every minute. It was always going to be a tough year and it has not disappointed.
"It is a big league. We have not had the time or the money to be as competitive as we would like to be. We have to say goodbye."Aviva Premiership. Click here to bet.
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:00||Bath vs Exeter|
|14:00||Sale vs Leicester|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|16:30||Harlequins vs Northampton|
|Sunday 28th December|
|14:30||Gloucester vs Wasps|
|Friday 2nd January|
|19:45||Northampton vs Newcastle Falcons|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|14:00||Saracens vs London Irish|
|16:30||Exeter vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 4th January|
|14:00||Wasps vs Sale|
|14:00||Leicester Tigers vs Bath|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Harlequins|
|Friday 9th January|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Saracens|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:00||Sale vs Northampton|
|15:00||Bath vs Wasps|
|15:15||Harlequins vs Leicester Tigers|
|Sunday 11th January|
|14:00||Newcastle Falcons vs London Welsh|
|15:00||London Irish vs Exeter|
|Saturday 14th February|
|15:00||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Northampton vs London Irish|
|15:00||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 15th February|
|14:00||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Sale|
|15:00||Saracens vs Bath|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle Falcons|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale Sharks 18 - 11 Exeter|
|Sunday 30th November|
|Newcastle Falcons 13 - 18 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 14 - 43 Northampton|
|London Irish 9 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 29th November|
|Exeter 27 - 19 Saracens|
|Leicester Tigers 18 - 16 Wasps|
|Friday 28th November|
|Bath 25 - 6 Harlequins|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 24 - 31 Northampton|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|London Irish 23 - 33 Bath|
|Exeter 31 - 15 Wasps|
|Friday 21st November|
|Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 16th November|
|Wasps 71 - 7 London Welsh|
|Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 Saracens|
|Saturday 15th November|
|Bath 23 - 14 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London Irish|
|Friday 14th November|
|Gloucester 15 - 22 Harlequins|
|Northampton 18 - 24 Exeter|
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