London Irish keep survival hopes alive with 22-9 win over Worcester Warriors

Greig Tonks, pictured during his time at Edinburgh, impressed with the boot for London Irish
Greig Tonks, pictured during his time at Edinburgh, impressed with the boot for London Irish
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London Irish 22-9 Worcester Warriors, Madejski Stadium

Greig Tonks kicked 17 points as London Irish kept their survival hope alive with a 22-9 victory over Worcester Warriors in their Aviva Premiership encounter at Madejski Stadium on Sunday.

Even though both the teams remain stationary at the table, the win has helped London Irish reduce the gap with the 11th place Worcester Warriors by 12 points.

London Irish started the game with a setback as Irish lock Teofilo Paulo was yellow-carded in the second minute that saw Chris Pennell kick a penalty. The leveller from London Irish came in the sixth minute when Tonks kicked a penalty and soon the home side claimed a three point lead with the fly-half slotting his second three-pointer 12 minutes later.

The Exiles stepped up the ante as Piet van Zyl scored the only try in the game that was improved by Tonks as they increased the lead to 10 points but Pennell with his second penalty kick at the stroke of half-time reduced the arrears to seven points.

The second half saw Tonks and Pennell trade penalties as London Irish maintained their seven point lead heading into the final quarter. Two more penalties from Tonks in the final five minutes saw London Irish complete a 13 point victory and it also deprived Worcester Warriors a losing bonus point.

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