Planet Rugby

Irish take all five in Paris

10th December 2011 17:35

Share:

SKY_MOBILE Adam Thompstone London Irish

Two tries: Adam Thompstone

London Irish kept alive their slim hopes of qualification from Pool 2 after they demolished Racing-Metro 34-14 at Stade Yves du Manoir on Saturday.

Racing-Metro got off to a great start, and found themselves three points to the good after just four minutes, Gaetan Germain slotting over a penalty.

For a period after that though, the visitors looked on top, as they put pressure on the home defence.

Indeed, they drew level after fifteen minutes, when they had a try disallowed by the video referee, but managed to score a resulting penalty through Delon Armitage.

Racing responded well after that, and took the lead again just five minutes later, another Germain penalty, and they extended their lead further soon after when Josh Matavesi dived over for Metro's second try of the game.

The travelling Exile fans still had hope though, as their team looked dangerous every time they went forward, but Racing added to their lead when Jonathan Wisniewski's delightful drop goal attempt dissected the posts to leave eleven points between the sides.

Irish needed a response, and fast, and they duly delivered two minutes later, when a great Adrian Jarvis chip kick saw Jonathan Spratt race over for a try, Jarvis adding the extras.

The rest of the first half rather petered out, to leave the score 14-10 at the break with all to play for.

The visitors needed a win, and started the second half positively, Jarvis scoring a penalty early on make it a one point game.

Indeed they put themselves in the driving seat soon after, when Joe Ansbro dived over after a great Jarvis pass, with the latter adding the extras from a tight angle.

Irish were now on top, and scored their third try just two minutes later when Adam Thompstone went over, the away side were now in control.

The home side battled to get back in the game, but Irish put the game beyond doubt with seven minutes to go, when Thompstone intercepted a stray Racing pass to secure a bonus point win for the visitors with his second try.

The scorers:

For Racing-Metro:
Tries: Bobo
Pen: Germain 2
Drop: Wisniewski

For London Irish:
Tries: Spratt, Ansbro, Thompstone 2
Con: Jarvis 4
Pen: Armitage, Jarvis

Racing-Metro: 15 Gaetan Germain, 14 Sereli Bobo, 13 Virimi Vakatawa, 12 Josh Matavesi, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Juan Martin Hernandez, 9 Mathieu Loree, 8 Jacques Cronje, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Antoine Batut, 5 Jone Qovu Nailiko, 4 Lionel Nallet, 3 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 2 Thomas Bianchin, 1 Julien Brugnaut.
Replacements: 16 Gregory Arganese, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Johannes Coetzee, 19 Francois van der Merwe, 20 Sebastien Descons, 21 Jonathan Wisniewski, 22 John Leo'o, 23 Sebastien Chabal.

London Irish: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Topsy Ojo, 13 Joe Ansbro, 12 Jonathan Spratt, 11 Adam Thompstone, 10 Dan Bowden, 9 Darren Allinson, 8 Chris Hala'ufia, 7 Ofisa Treviranus, 6 Declan Danaher, 5 Matthew Garvey, 4 Bryn Evans, 3 Paulica Ion, 2 David Paice, 1 Clarke Dermody.
Replacements: 16 Brian Blaney, 17 Max Lahiff, 18 Faan Rautenbach, 19 Bob Casey, 20 Jamie Gibson, 21 Tom Homer, 22 Adrian Jarvis, 23 Paul Hodgson.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assessor: Bertie Smith (Ireland)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 18
Harlequins vs LeicesterHarlequins vs Leicester Preview
Saturday , April 19
Exeter vs Sale15:00
Bath vs Worcester15:00
Wasps vs Gloucester15:15
Sunday , April 20
Northampton vs London Irish14:00
Newcastle vs Saracens15:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
RaboDirect PRO12
Friday , April 18
Leinster vs Benetton TrevisoLeinster vs Benetton Treviso Preview
Glasgow vs UlsterGlasgow vs Ulster Preview
Saturday , April 19
Zebre vs Edinburgh14:30
Connacht vs Munster18:15
Sunday , April 20
Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets14:00
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Ospreys16:45
More RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Friday , April 18
Castres vs MontpellierCastres vs Montpellier Preview
Saturday , April 19
Oyonnax vs Toulouse14:55
Perpignan vs Toulon17:00
Grenoble vs Bayonne18:30
Biarritz vs Brive18:30
Racing Metro Paris vs Clermont AuvergneRacing Metro Paris vs Clermont Auvergne Preview
Stade Francais vs Bordeaux-Begles20:35
More Top 14 fixtures
Super Rugby
Friday , April 18
Hurricanes vs BluesHurricanes vs Blues Preview
Melbourne Rebels vs Western Force19:40
Saturday , April 19
Chiefs vs Crusaders19:35
Waratahs vs Bulls19:00
Sharks vs Cheetahs15:00
Stormers vs Lions17:05
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 13
Saracens 28 - 24 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Irish 40 - 12 NewcastleLondon Irish vs Newcastle Report
Saturday , April 12
Worcester 33 - 38 ExeterWorcester vs Exeter Report
Leicester 27 - 15 WaspsLeicester vs Wasps Report
Gloucester 17 - 18 BathGloucester vs Bath Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Benetton Treviso 45 - 27 Newport Gwent D'gonsBenetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D
Scarlets 27 - 20 ZebreScarlets vs Zebre Report
Munster 5 - 22 GlasgowMunster vs Glasgow Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Bordeaux-Begles 20 - 22 ToulonBordeaux-Begles vs Toulon Report
Toulouse 16 - 9 BriveToulouse vs Brive Report
Grenoble 30 - 36 Montpellier
Perpignan 22 - 12 Oyonnax
Bayonne 24 - 19 Stade Francais
Racing Metro Paris 37 - 7 Biarritz
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Chiefs 22 - 16 Melbourne RebelsChiefs vs Melbourne Rebels Report
Western Force 28 - 16 WaratahsWestern Force vs Waratahs Report
Lions 12 - 25 SharksLions vs Sharks Report
Cheetahs 31 - 52 CrusadersCheetahs vs Crusaders Report
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 11
Sale Sharks 12 - 27 HarlequinsSale Sharks vs Harlequins Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Ulster 58 - 12 ConnachtUlster vs Connacht Report
Edinburgh 22 - 29 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
Ospreys 25 - 19 LeinsterOspreys vs Leinster Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Clermont Auvergne 23 - 11 CastresClermont Auvergne vs Castres Report
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Highlanders 27 - 20 BullsHighlanders vs Bulls Report
Reds 20 - 23 BrumbiesReds vs Brumbies Report
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens1976
2Northampton1966
3Leicester Tigers1963
4Bath1959
5Harlequins1954