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- Aviva Premiership
- 6th Oct 2012
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Madejski Stadium
- Att: 7,918
London Irish end Northampton's unbeaten start to the Aviva Premiership season
Jonathan Joseph inspired the biggest upset of the season as London Irish smashed Northampton's unbeaten record with a 39-17 win at the Madejski Stadium.
The England centre scored the Exiles opening try and played a key role in scores from David Paice and Topsy Ojo before Jamie Gibson crossed for the bonus point.
The Saints trailed 33-3 before Ken Pisi and Phil Dowson crossed to make the score respectable but Brian Smith's side were long gone.
A point-less first 24 minutes came to an end when Joseph's grubber kick was moved on by Marlande Yarde before Joseph followed up to score his second try of the campaign.
Irish were unrelenting thereafter, prop Halani Aulika held up short before Steven Shingler extended the lead from the tee.
Joseph hit the line at speed on the Saints' 22 and two phases later Paice was over for the second while an Ian Humphreys 40m drop-goal handed the hosts an 18-0 half-time lead.
Northampton came out strongly after the break but Noah Cato could not find a way through and they were soon hit by a third Irish try - Ojo finishing off after Joseph created an opening from clean lineout ball.
Shingler added another penalty and although Bryn Evans narrowly missed out on a fourth try Irish did not have to wait long before Ofisa Treviranus held off two tacklers to supply Gibson with the bonus score.
Northampton kept plugging away and worked a try for Pisi in the right corner before captain Dowson burrowed his way over.
But Shingler added two further penalties to round off the hosts' best performance of the season and secure a memorable win.
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|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle Falcons 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester Tigers 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle Falcons 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|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|
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