Worcester Warriors 20-6 London Irish, Sixways
Motu Matu'u's red-card proved costly for London Irish as they were defeated 20-6 by Worcester Warriors in the seventh round of the Gallagher Premiership at Sixways on Saturday.
The win is Worcester's fourth in the tournament as they move to the sixth place in the table while London Irish are at ninth place with 12 points.
Stephen Myler gave early joy to the Exiles with a 15th minute penalty goal but what transpired after that was total domination from the Warriors, also helped greatly by the visitors indiscipline.
Duncan Weir showed his class as he led Worcester's response with a converted try at the end of the first quarter and kicked back to back penalties to take their lead to 13-3.
By the 31st minute, London Irish were reduced to 14-men when Allan Dell was sin-binned for charging dangerously into a ruck and the troubles mounted for the visitors when they lost Matu'u to red-card in the 34th minute following a head high tackle on Weir.
Despite being two players down, London Irish did well not to concede any point and in fact Myler's second penalty goal at the start of the second half made the scoreline 13-6. As Dell returned from sin-bin, they had a glimmer of hope but Jono Lance's converted try in the 59th minute increased Worcester's lead to 14 points.
Even though both the teams played with 14 players for most part of the final 10 minutes after Worcester's Chris Pennell was yellow-carded following a try-saving tackle on Tom Stephenson, London Irish could not quite find the breakthrough as Alan Solomons' men steered to a 14-point victory.
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.
The division is becoming more and more exciting as each year passes by so who will be lifting silverware at Twickenham in May?
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