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Ojo shines as Irish move top

25th September 2010 19:04

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Topsy Ojo of London Irish

Topsy Ojo: Scored a hat-trick of tries

London Irish moved to the top of the Aviva Premiership standings with a 46-12 thrashing of Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park on Saturday.

Topsy Ojo alerted the England selectors with a hat-trick and Jonathan Joseph scored two with Dan Bowden also getting in on the act.

Newcastle gifted Irish their opening try in the ninth minute when Alex Tait spilled the ball in attack and Delon Armitage swept it up.

Armitage kicked ahead with Tait out of position and surged past Gcobani Bobo before snapping up the ball and sending in Ojo for the score converted by Ryan Lamb.

Ojo was back again for his second in the 15th minute when Seilala Mapusua's sublime offload sent the winger cutting infield and while there was a hint of obstruction on a Newcastle defender, it was a marvellous try converted by Lamb for 14-0.

Newcastle had hardly seen the ball for the first 25 minutes but when they did they scored a cracking try though Jimmy Gopperth.

It came on the back of some powerful driving from the Falcons pack prompted by scrum-half Micky Young's pop passes and Tim Ryan almost got there before Young swept it out to his fly-half, whose curving run took him behind the posts. Gopperth also converted to make it 14-7.

Right on half-time Armitage skinned Bobo and sent Joseph clear and the winger skipped past Charles Amesbury's despairing cover tackle to score.

Lamb missed an early second-half penalty but then kicked two in three minutes and another sublime offload from Mapusua brought the bonus try from Bowden converted by Lamb as early as the 55th minute.

Ojo again cruised through the middle for his third and Lamb converted before Joseph grabbed his second try courtesy of an interception.

Lamb's conversion made it 46-7 before Tait dived over for the Falcons' second try with two minutes left.

The scorers:

For Newcastle:
Tries: Gopperth,Tait
Cons: Gopperth
Pens:

For London Irish:
Tries: Ojo 3, Joseph, Bowden
Cons:Lamb 5
Pens: Lamb 2

Newcastle Falcons: 15 Alex Tait, 14 Gcobani Bobo, 13 Luke Eves, 12 Andy Henderson, 11 Charlie Amesbury, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Micky Young, 8 Ally Hogg, 7 Redford Pennycook, 6 Brent Wilson, 5 Tim Swinson, 4 Filipo Levi, 3 Tim Ryan, 2 Rob Vickers (c), 1 Jon Golding.

Replacements: 16 Joe Graham, 17 Micky Ward, 18 Grant Shiells, 19 Glen Townson, 20 Will Welch, 21 Chris Pilgrim, 22 Jeremy Manning, 23 Luke Fielden.

London Irish: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Topsy Ojo, 13 Seilala Mapusua, 12 Daniel Bowden, 11 Jonathan Joseph, 10 Ryan Lamb, 9 Paul Hodgson,8 George Stowers,7 Declan Danaher,6 Kieran Roche, 5 Bob Casey, 4 Nick Kennedy,3 Faan Rautenbach, 2 James Buckland, 1 Clarke Dermody (c).

Replacements: 16 David Paice, 17 Max Lahiff, 18 Alex Corbisiero, 19 Matt Garvey, 20 Jonathon Fisher, 21 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 22 Chris Malone, 23 Darren Allinson.

Referee: Wayne Barnes

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