Wasps 10-16 London Irish, Ricoh Arena
London Irish scored 10 points in the second half as they came from behind to beat Wasps 16-10 in the latest round of the Gallagher Premiership at Ricoh Arena.
This was also Wasps' fourth defeat in five games but the losing bonus point saw them move to eighth place while London Irish are at seventh.
An early infringement from Wasps when they took out Nick Phipps illegally saw Paddy Jackson kick a second minute penalty to get the visitors off the mark. The Wasps though levelled the scores in the 10th minute when Jacob Umaga kicked a scrum penalty.
Referee Hamish Smales had a busy opening quarter as he penalised the home side for not rolling away from a tackle that resulted in another penalty for the Exiles which Jackson kicked it cleanly as the scoreline became 3-6.
As the break was approaching, Wasps seized the lead when Tom Willis dived from close range followed by Umaga's conversion with the opening half ending with a 10-6 lead for Lee Blackett's men.
However, the Exiles were the quickest to get off the block in the second half when Ollie Hassell-Collins made most of the good work made by the forwards as he dotted down and Jackson's conversion took them to a 10-13 lead.
Most of the second half, London Irish controlled the possession but their attack could not be converted into points as Wasps held their defence tight. With five minutes left in the game, it was Jackson once again on the spotlight as he kicked a long-range penalty kick to take the Irish home with a six point victory.
Team line up:
Wasps: Minozzi; Kibirige, De Jongh, Le Bourgeois, Bassett; Umaga, Porter; West, Cruse, Toomaga-Allen, Rowlands, Gaskell, Shields, Oghre, T Willis.
Replacements: Taylor, Harris, Thomas, Douglas, Vailanu, Vellacott, Atkinson, Gopperth.
London Irish: Parton; Loader, Rona, Brophy Clews, Hassell-Collins; Jackson, Phipps; Dell, Creevy, Hoskins, Mafi, Nott, O'Brien, Donnell, Rogerson
Replacements: Cornish, Goodrick-Clarke, Chawatama, Simmons, Cowan, Meehan, Hepetema, Joseph.
Widely regarded as the most competitive rugby union league in the world...it can only be the Gallagher Premiership.
12 teams compete in the league over a season, playing every team both home and away, before four move into the playoffs and one is relegated.
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