London Irish 18-22 Bath Rugby, Madejski Stadium
Freddie Burns contributed with 17 points to help Bath Rugby overcome London Irish with an 18-22 triumph in their Aviva Premiership face-off at Madejski Stadium on Sunday.
The win has helped Bath move to fourth in the table while London Irish, who managed a solitary win against Harlequins this season dropped to the last position.
Even though Tommy Bell kicked a second minute penalty to start the game well for the home side, Bath replied back strong when Matt Banahan crossed over in the seventh minute while Burns slotted a conversion and a penalty.
James Marshall with a try in the 18th minute brought down the gap to two points but Burns once again proved to be the difference as his drop goal and the second penalty kicked restored Bath's eight point lead. Just at the stroke of half time, Bell kicked a three pointer to bring down London Irish's trail to five points.
With London Irish struggling to score any point in the third quarter, back to back penalties from Burns took the scoreline to 11-22 in favour of Todd Blackadder's side. Though a late try from replacement Scott Steele in the 72nd minute provided some hope for London Irish but their efforts were not quite enough to go past Bath as they succumbed to a four point defeat.
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