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  • Penalty goals: Burns (4),
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  • Skivington (2),
    Penalty goals: Homer, Shingler,
    Conversions: Shingler,
  • Aviva Premiership
  • 5th Jan 2013
  • KO 15:00
  • Ground: Kingsholm
  • Att: 13,171

Aviva Premiership: London Irish spring a surprise away at Gloucester

Last updated: 5th January 2013   Subscribe to RSS Feed

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Freddie Burns: Struck four penalties for defeated Gloucester

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George Skivington: Two tries for London Irish at Kingsholm

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London Irish boosted their Aviva Premiership survival hopes with a battling 18-12 victory over Gloucester at Kingsholm.

Irish lock George Skivington bagged two tries against the Cherry and Whites, who could only muster four Freddie Burns penalties in reply.

The away win, the Exiles' first of the season, takes them five points above bottom club Sale Sharks, who tackle Saracens on Sunday. In contrast, a losing bonus point was scant consolation for Gloucester as a four-month unbeaten home record disappeared.

Burns booted Gloucester into a second-minute lead, yet Irish were not daunted by the size of their task. After Steven Shingler landed an equalising penalty they deservedly went ahead when, after a spell of concerted pressure, Skivington powered over for Irish's first try for almost five hours of Premiership rugby.

Shingler missed the conversion, but Irish continued to grow in confidence and capitalised on another Gloucester blunder after Burns had kicked his second penalty.

Gloucester wing Shane Monahan was the guilty party, making a hash of trying to gather the ball just inside the home 22, and Irish scrum-half Pat Phibbs scrambled possession away to allow Skivington to cross unopposed.

Shingler landed the conversion, and Gloucester could have few complaints about a 15-6 interval deficit as Irish threatened a first Premiership triumph on their travels since they won at Worcester last April.

The only blot on Irish's landscape was an injury to England squad hooker David Paice, who limped off on the stroke of half-time and was replaced by former Gloucester forward Scott Lawson.

Burns added two further penalties after the break to keep Gloucester in contention, however Tom Homer's late three points killed off their hopes of a turnaround.

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