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- Aviva Premiership
- 4th Sep 2010
- KO 14:00
- Ground: Madejski Stadium
- Att: 75,112
Irish seal bonus point win
Sarries made to suffer for sin-binning at Twickenham
London Irish took full advantage of Alex Goode's sin-binning to inflict a 33-16 defeat on Saracens in their Aviva Premiership clash at Twickenham on Saturday.
Saracens, who had dominated the first half, were made to pay dearly during the second, as the Exiles notched up 15 points in the wake of Goode's departure soon after half time.
Irish began the brighter side in a bruising opening 10 minutes but it was Sarries who broke the deadlock with a piece of brilliance in the 25th minute.
A superb offload by hooker Schalk Brits found Chris Wyles who slipped a pass behind his back to Ernst Joubert for the South African to canter in.
Goode missed the conversion to leave the score on 5-0 and Ryan Lamb pulled three back with a penalty on 28 minutes.
But, after just five minutes more, Saracens had their second when a blistering break from the back of the scrum by Joubert ended with Brits barging over from five yards.
Goode again failed to convert and another penalty from Lamb on 33 minutes kept Irish in touch to take them into half-time trailing 10-6.
The second half began with Irish piling pressure onto Sarries line and when an offside Goode was dispatched after palming Lamb's pass to safety they rammed home the advantage.
Lamb added three to close the gap to a single point with the resulting penalty, and when Steffon Armitage's missed pass found his brother Delon, the full back needed little encouragement to run in for the Exiles' first try.
Man of the match Armitage, who had spent 10 minutes in the sin-bin himself for a high tackle during the first half, crossed in the corner on 50 minutes to put his side into a 14-10 lead.
Lamb could not find the target with his touchline kick but three minutes later he launched a crossfield bomb that winger Sailosi Tagicakibau collected for an easy run-in.
This time the former Gloucester fly-half converted to extend Irish's lead to 21-10 but straight from the restart Derick Hougaard, on at fly-half, slotted a penalty to close the gap.
Irish lost Paul Hodgson to the sin-bin for a deliberate knock-on in the 63rd minute and Hodgson added three more with the penalty to keep his side in touch.
But with just six minutes to go their hopes were dashed when Irish were awarded a penalty try after replacement scrum-half Kevin Barrett was sin-binned for pushing Topsy Ojo in a scoring position.
Lamb converted from in front of the past and minutes later Irish completed the rout when Ojo crossed in the corner again.
Lamb missed the conversionh but that won't worry the Exiles, who opened their Premiership account in convincing style with a bonus point win.Aviva Premiership. Click here to bet.
|Friday 14th November|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|19:45||Northampton vs Exeter|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|17:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 16th November|
|13:00||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:15||Wasps vs London Welsh|
|Friday 21st November|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Sale|
|20:00||Newcastle vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|15:00||London Irish vs Bath|
|15:00||Exeter vs Wasps|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|13:00||Saracens vs Northampton|
|15:15||London Welsh vs Leicester|
|Friday 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
|Sunday 30th November|
|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Sale|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Wasps 29 - 22 Bath|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Northampton 43 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester|
|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
|London Welsh 3 - 23 Newcastle|
|Friday 10th October|
|Leicester 22 - 16 Harlequins|
|Sunday 5th October|
|Newcastle 29 - 24 Exeter|
|Sale 25 - 14 Wasps|
|Saturday 4th October|
|Gloucester 33 - 16 Leicester|
|Harlequins 52 - 0 London Welsh|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Northampton|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Bath 21 - 11 Saracens|
|Sunday 28th September|
|Wasps 35 - 18 Newcastle|
|Exeter 36 - 13 Harlequins|
|Saturday 27th September|
|Northampton 31 - 24 Bath|
|Leicester 19 - 22 London Irish|
|Saracens 40 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 26th September|
|London Welsh 10 - 46 Gloucester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|Newcastle 10 - 35 Northampton|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Bath 45 - 0 Leicester|
|Harlequins 26 - 23 Wasps|
|London Irish 32 - 36 Saracens|
|Sale 46 - 8 London Welsh|
|Friday 19th September|
|Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish|
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