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De Vedia double downs Gloucester
League leaders beaten 15-10 by London Irish
London Irish handed Gloucester their first defeat of the Guinness Premiership season with a 15-10 triumph on Sunday.
League leaders Gloucester came into the match with a 100 percent record from their first five games, but came off second best in a defence-dominated contest at the Madejski Stadium.
The decisive moment occurred nine minutes from time when Exiles winger Tomas de Vedia crossed for his second try of the game.
London Irish debutant Peter Hewat - who arrived in the country from Australia on Tuesday - provided the the only points of the first-half with a fourth-minute penalty, although the former New South Wales full-back missed two other three-point chances.
The opening try did not arrive until the 43rd minute when de Vedia touched down for the hosts after collecting Shane Geraghty's cross-field kick.
That appeared to spark Gloucester into action and six minutes later Iain Balshaw collected his own chip ahead to cross the whitewash for the Cherry-and-Whites' first points.
Scotland international Chris Paterson, making his Gloucester debut on the wing, landed the conversion to reduce the deficit to 10-7.
However, the Exiles would not be denied and sealed the result in the 71st minute when de Vedia pounced on a grubber kick in the left corner after team-mate Topsy Ojo had failed to apply downward pressure.
The television match official - who had earlier denied Phil Murphy a try when the ball was grounded past the in-goal area - confirmed the score, although Delon Armitage was off-target with the conversion.
Paterson landed a penalty to reduce the deficit to 15-10 and set up an exciting final five minutes, but the hosts' defence stood firm to ensure the win.
Bath's victory at Newcastle earlier in the day means Gloucester's lead atop the Guinness Premiership is cut to just one point.
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|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle Falcons vs Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th March|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
|Saturday 11th April|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Sunday 12th April|
|14:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Sale|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Wasps 32 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Exeter 16 - 6 Bath|
|Saracens 22 - 17 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 28 - 8 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 12 - 50 London Irish|
|Friday 27th February|
|Northampton 17 - 13 Harlequins|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
|Northampton 15 - 9 London Irish|
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