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- LV= Cup
- 27th Jan 2013
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Madejski Stadium
- Att: 5,038
LV= Cup: London Irish surge past Worcester Warriors
London Irish crushed Worcerster 46-24 at the Madejski Stadium to stay on course for the semi-finals of the LV= Cup.
Marland Yarde was the star performer with a hat-trick of tries, while Halani Aulika crossed twice and Tom Homer kicked 16 points in a deserved win for the hosts.
Worcester scored three second-half tries but, after trailing 22-3 at the break, they had little hope of getting anything out of the game.
The Exiles' win puts them top of Pool Three and they travel to Cardiff for their final game next Friday knowing a bonus-point win would guarantee their berth in the next round.
Worcester took the lead after only three minutes when Danny Gray kicked a penalty, but Irish were quickly level when Sailosi Tagicakibau powered past two defenders forcing the visitors to concede a penalty which Homer kicked.
Irish scored the first try when a chip ahead by Shane Geraghty was not dealt with by the visitors' defence, allowing Yarde to collect the loose ball, setting up a ruck from which Aulika emerged to brush past a weak tackle from Ceri Jones to run in unopposed.
Irish maintained the pressure and from a lineout five metres out Aulika drove over for his second try which Homer converted.
Further missed tackles enabled the home side to gain a platform in the opposition 22 from which another chip through from Geraghty saw Yarde win the race for the touchdown, securing a 22-3 interval lead.
Within minutes of the restart Homer extended the Irish lead with his second penalty but the Warriors responded as Danny Gray darted over from close range for a try which he converted, with Irish suffering a further blow with a yellow card for George Skivington.
However, back came the Irish to seal victory with their bonus-point try when Alex Gray was driven over from a lineout, with Homer converting from the touchline.
Worcester responded with a try from David Lemi, but Yarde evaded two tackles to score his second try and then, after the Warriors had crossed again with a score from James Percival, he completed his hat-trick with a thrilling individual effort.
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|Saturday 31st January|
|14:40||Harlequins vs Bath|
|15:00||Scarlets vs London Irish|
|15:00||Wasps vs Cardiff Blues|
|15:00||Leicester vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Ospreys|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Sale|
|15:00||London Welsh vs Saracens|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Bath vs Ospreys|
|15:00||Sale vs Scarlets|
|15:00||Northampton vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Saracens vs Exeter|
|15:00||Cardiff Blues vs Leicester|
|Friday 14th November|
|Ospreys 35 - 51 Dragons|
|Cardiff Blues 19 - 13 Scarlets|
|Sunday 9th November|
|Leicester 29 - 13 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 9 - 18 Gloucester|
|Wasps 43 - 22 London Irish|
|Saturday 8th November|
|Exeter 18 - 6 Bath|
|Friday 7th November|
|Newcastle 21 - 22 Cardiff Blues|
|Harlequins 31 - 21 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Ospreys 9 - 21 Saracens|
|Scarlets 7 - 24 Northampton|
|Sunday 2nd November|
|Saracens 25 - 20 Harlequins|
|Saturday 1st November|
|Northampton 37 - 23 Newcastle|
|London Irish 16 - 17 Leicester|
|Bath 47 - 7 London Welsh|
|Exeter 28 - 27 Gloucester|
|Sale Sharks 32 - 29 Wasps|
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