London Irish edge out Exeter Chiefs 19-22

Paddy Jackson kicked two conversions and a penalty for London Irish
Paddy Jackson kicked two conversions and a penalty for London Irish

Exeter Chiefs 19-22 London Irish, Sandy Park

Agustin Creevy scored the decisive try in the 69th minute as London Irish came from behind to edge out London Irish 22-19 in the latest round of the Gallagher Premiership at Sandy Park.

This is sixth win for the Exiles as they are positioned 10th in the table while Exeter have already sealed the top place with 74 points despite the defeat.

Exeter made a number of changes from the side that played in the Champions Cup semi-final but errors from them allowed Paddy Jackson to open London Irish account with a penalty goal at the end of the opening quarter.

The next few minutes saw Will Witty and Matt Cornish exchange tries as London Irish had a three-point lead in the first 30 minutes. Exeter went into lead with Ollie Woodburn's good work led Ollie Devoto to dot down in the 33rd minute.

Exeter would have finished the half with a lead as they continued to attack but their effort were intercepted as Curtis Rona powered his way to the try line as the teams headed into the break with a 12-15 scoreline.

Rob Baxter's men once again seized into the lead when a pass from Harry Elrington was capitalised by Tom Hendrickson as he scored a try in the 50th minute to take the scoreline 19-15 but the visitors came in front once again with Agustin Creevy scoring at the back of a line out and Jackson improved it making it 19-22.

Exeter continued to press on at the back of another maul but London Irish successfully managed to keep it out to complete a thrilling three-point win.

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