Home team Away Team

Worcester

  • Fortey, Crook,
    Penalty goals: Carlisle,
    Conversions: Carlisle,
15 - 32

London Irish

  • Danaher, Hala'ufia, Hodgson, Tagicakibau, Thompstone,
    Penalty goals: Armitage,
    Conversions: Armitage (2),

Irish claim play-off place

Bonus point win hands Exiles third spot

Last updated: 26th April 2009   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Irish claim play-off place

Thompstone: Intercept

Related links

Teams

Players

Also see

A five-try haul at Worcester on Saturday saw London Irish claim third place in the Guinness Premiership and a play-off clash at Harlequins.

The Warriors put up a tough fight during the first half before the Exiles powered away to win 32-15 and claim the bonus point after the interval.

Irish need just two points to ensure their play-off place regardless of what happened to Sale who were chasing five-points at home to Northampton.

Worcester rugby director Mike Ruddock, with one eye on their European Challenge Cup semi-final against Bourgoin, had made a number of changes to the side that beat on Tuesday.

The Exiles put them under pressure from the start, resulting in wing Sailosi Tagicakibau crossing unopposed after flanker Steffon Armitage initiated a sustained attack from the hosts 22.

Old-fashioned

Worcester replied with a try of their own when scrum-half Matt Powell fed hooker Chris Fortey, who crashed over to set up a simple conversion for fly-half Joe Carlisle.

Carlisle and England full-back Delon Armitage each slotted penalties to keep the scores level at 10-10 at the end of the first half.

Chris Hala'ufia scored the visitors second after the restart, the big number eight crossing from an attacking scrum with an old-fashioned pick-up and drive from the back row.

Paul Hodgson claimed their third in the 58th minute after sneaking down the blindside of a ruck before Declan Danaher barged over for the bonus point fourth following a burst up the middle by Armitage.

And when Adam Thompstone intercepted for Irish's fifth the game was all but over, although Worcester continued to fight.

Their resilience brought a deserved consolation try however, when replacement George Crook went over in the dying seconds but it made little difference in the grand scheme of things.

Sky Bet Odds:

Click Here for Your Free Bet

Aviva Premiership Table

Aviva Premiership Table - July 9 2014
Pos Team P Pts
10 Sale Sharks 0 0
Forthcoming Aviva Premiership Fixtures
TimeFixture
Aviva Premiership
Friday 5th September
Aviva Premiership
19:45Northampton vs Gloucester
Saturday 6th September
14:00Sale vs Bath
14:00Saracens vs Wasps
15:00Leicester vs Newcastle
16:30London Irish vs Harlequins
Sunday 7th September
14:00London Welsh vs Exeter
Friday 12th September
19:45Harlequins vs Saracens
Saturday 13th September
15:00Gloucester vs Sale
15:00Bath vs London Welsh
15:15Exeter vs Leicester
Sunday 14th September
14:00Wasps vs Northampton
15:00Newcastle vs London Irish
Friday 19th September
19:45Gloucester vs Exeter
Saturday 20th September
14:00Sale vs London Welsh
15:00Harlequins vs Wasps
15:00London Irish vs Saracens
15:15Bath vs Leicester
Sunday 21st September
14:00Newcastle vs Northampton
Friday 26th September
19:45London Welsh vs Gloucester
Saturday 27th September
15:00Leicester vs London Irish
15:00Saracens vs Sale
15:15Northampton vs Bath
Sunday 28th September
14:00Wasps vs Newcastle
14:00Exeter vs Harlequins
Friday 3rd October
19:45Bath vs Saracens

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com