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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.
Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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