Hougaard and Lawrence set up Worcester's 25-40 win over London Irish

Francois Hougaard scored two tries for the Warriors
Francois Hougaard scored two tries for the Warriors

London Irish 25-40 Worcester Warriors, Twickenham Stoop

Francois Hougaard and Ollie Lawrence scored two tries apiece as Worcester Warriors defeated London Irish 25-40 in the 20th round of the Gallagher Premiership at Twickenham Stoop.

This is only second win for Worcester this year as they are at ninth place in the table while London Irish are at 10th place.

London Irish had an early set back with Matt Williams leaving the field in the second minute but they overcame the setback with Ben Loader breaching through the Worcester defence with a third minute try.

The response from the visitors came in the 25th minute when Hougaard went past Albert Tuisue for their opening try and Duncan Weir kicked the conversion making the scoreline 5-7.

London Irish were reduced to 14-men heading into the break with Isaac Curtis-Harris sent to sin-bin but despite that they went into the break with a 8-7 lead following Paddy Jackson's penalty goal at the stroke of half-time.

Just as the Exiles returned to full-strength, they were once again down to 14-men with this time Terrence Hepetema yellow-carded in the 48th minute. However, before the incident, Worcester already seized the lead with Hougaard's second in the 42nd minute following a touchdown from Melani Nanai Vai.

Ollie Lawrence crossed the whitewash in the 58th minute increasing Warriors' lead to 20 points following which Albert Tuisue and Lawrence traded tries making the scoreline to 15-35 with 10 minutes left in the game.

Tries from Ben Meehan and Tom Homer provided a glimmer of hope for London Irish but Tom Howe's final touchdown helped Alan Solomons' men complete a 15-point win.

"I thought the first half we dominated, but we didn't convert. We had a lot of opportunities to score points, which we didn't take," said Worcester Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons.

"We spoke at half-time about being patient, about being persistent and eventually the dam wall would break, which it did in the second half and we came away with the bonus-point win.

"We took our opportunities in the second half and I thought Ollie did really well for his two tries."

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