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London Irish boss Brian Smith insists Cardiff Blues try should have been disallowed
London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith hit out at the decision to award Cardiff Blues a controversial try in their 10-6 LV=Cup defeat.
The match referee consulted his touch judge before ruling Gavin Evans had applied downward pressure to the ball after a mistake from Tom Homer, and the 34th-minute score proved pivotal to the outcome.
"We've had a look at the tape and don't think it was a try," said Smith. "It was Hamer who pressed down on the ball and their player never touched it.
"It was a lottery out there. The pitch was a mess and it was a pity as we had so much to play for."
Irish must now rely on Worcester beating Saracens on Saturday if they are to reach the semi-finals, and Smith added: "Saracens still have to get a result at Worcester. We'll wait and see what happens."
Blues boss Phil Davies said: "We played some good rugby in the first half and showed a lot of guts in the second.
"For us to get a win against a quality side like that is very pleasing, especially as they brought their full-strength line-up."
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|Sunday 8th February|
|Saracens 35 - 18 Exeter|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 17 - 13 London Welsh|
|Saturday 7th February|
|Northampton 29 - 6 Wasps|
|Gloucester 25 - 7 Harlequins|
|Bath 10 - 13 Ospreys|
|London Irish 13 - 31 Newcastle|
|Cardiff Blues 9 - 43 Leicester|
|Sale Sharks 38 - 3 Scarlets|
|Sunday 1st February|
|Newcastle 39 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 15 - 20 Saracens|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 32 - 37 Exeter|
|Wasps 42 - 45 Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 31st January|
|Scarlets 27 - 18 London Irish|
|Leicester 17 - 8 Northampton|
|Gloucester 32 - 25 Ospreys|
|Harlequins 21 - 23 Bath|
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