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London Irish v Worcester Warriors
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- WELCOME to the Madejski Stadium in Reading for Worcester Warriors' LV= Cup clash with London Irish.
- It's all to play for in pool two with Worcester hot on the heels of leaders Sale and second-placed Leicester ahead of today's game.
- Richard Hill's men really need to take at four points from this game to keep alive their hopes of a semi-final place.
@tomguestWN any players undecided about whether to stay or go will now have made their minds up #woefulawayformcontinues— @blonderollie 27 January 2013
@tomguestWN a bad week for Warriors fan after the loss of key players for next season. Need some positive news ASAP #warriors— @lawio1 27 January 2013
@tomguestWN dont you mean use the ones you can? based on that performance cant see anyone wanting to play for us championship at best— @padsybear1 27 January 2013
A few bright moments in attack from Warriors and the replacements definitely improved things late on, but a heavy defeat to a side that have struggled all season in the league.
In the first-half, Worcester's tackling was not up to scratch and they failed to ask any questions of Irish.
Danny Gray, Jake Abbott and Richard de Carpentier caught the eye in the first-half, while the introduction of Andy Goode and James Percival lifted Warriors and David Lemi took his try really well.
TRY Irish! The ball goes wide to Marland Yarde, who kicks ahead and shows remarkable pace to beat his man and touch down for his hat-trick.
Homer lands the conversion with the final kick of the game.
FINAL SCORE: Irish 46-24 Warriors
Yellow cards for Betty and Sinclair is the result. Both teams to finish the game with 14 players.
Bit of handbags as de Carpentier and Jebb Sinclair trade blows and Sam Betty wades in too!
Less than five minutes to go here at the Madejski Stadium.
TRY Warriors! Andy Goode springs the Irish defence and sends Ed Shervington close, but the ball is recycled and fired down the line for James Percival to touch down. Goode fires over the conversion too.
Irish 39-24 Warriors
Blair Cowan on the overlap, but can't hold onto Short's pass and the chance evapourates.
Irish turn the ball over on the floor, but soon knock it on. Scrum to Worcester 15m out.
The Warriors front row replacements are doing the business though, as they force a penalty on the Irish put-in.
Scrum Irish on half-way as Goode's re-start goes straight out.
TRY Irish! A superb pop pass from Shane Geraghty finds Marland Yarde's perfectly-timed run and there's no stopping the winger from there.
Homer slots the conversion.
Irish 39-17 Warriors
TRY Warriors! David Lemi shows great strength and skill to dot down in the corner after a run and pass from Andy Goode.
Fly-half Goode, who's on for Matavesi, but playing 10 with Danny Gray moving to full-back, adds the extras.
Irish 32-17 Warriors
De Carpentier shows brilliant pace to burst through and round the full-back before just being hauled into touch by Marland Yarde by the flag.
TRY Irish! There's the bonus point as the catch-and-drive is taken over the line by Alex Gray.
Homer lands another superb conversion from the touchline.
Irish 32-10 Warriors
Despite their numerical disadvantage, Irish win a scrum penalty and kick to the corner.
TRY Warriors! Danny Gray spots a small gap, darts through and does well to ground the ball.
George Skivington is also yellow-carded for persistent Irish offences in the build up to the try.
Gray adds the extras.
Irish 25-10 Warriors
Danny Gray knocks the ball to touch 10m out after Irish are penalised again in their own 22.
Warriors best scoring chance of the afternoon comes to nowt as they lose control of the ball in the face of solid Irish defence.
Another Warriors penalty and Schofield again calls for a scrum. irish pushing their luck with these red-zone infringements.
Ceri Jones flicks the ball onto Ollie Hayes, who darts right up to the Irish line but the hosts infringe and Warriors opt for the scrum.
Homer slots the kick to make it Irish 25-3 Warriors.
Warriors' under-pressure pack crumples on their own put-in on their 22 and Homer should add three more points here.
No changes for either side at the interval.
Players are back out for the second-half. Can Warriors produce a response?
@tomguestWN Seems to be a team more concerned about contracts and other far more important things than playing.— @Propster1 27 January 2013
@tomguestWN Sunday dinners are hanging heavy for the warriors today!!!!!— @perklad 27 January 2013
@tomguestWN another Richard hill master class how to win away in 4000 easy lessons great that and all our best players leaving great week— @JohnBlewitt2 27 January 2013
HALF-TIME: A pretty chastening first-half for Warriors who have shipped three tries already.
The visitors' first-up tackling and defence around the fringes has been awful, allowing the Exiles to spend most of the half on the front foot.
TRY Irish! The hosts go again from the line-out and Geraghty's kick to the corner looks not to have been grounded as Marland Yarde and Errie Claassens tussle but, following a discussion with his touch-judge, referee Leighton Hodges awards the score.
Homer misses the conversion from out wide. D'oh!
Irish 22-3 Warriors
Ceri Jones hit for off-side, which allows Irish to punt the ball to the corner with less than a minute of the half to go.
Referee misses a fairly obvious forward pass by Irish who attack and win a line-out 30m out as Claassens is forced to scramble Geraghty's chip into touch.
The Exiles' decision to not go for the posts back-fires as Warriors defend stoutly and force a knock-on.
Irish win a penalty at the scrum and Geraghty finds touch in the corner despite a decent effort to keep it in by Drauniniu.
Irish win the line-out and Warriors are penalised, so the hosts opt for another scrum, about 10 metres out.
Warriors look to drive a maul, but Irish hold it up well and force the turn-over on half-way.
TRY Irish! From the line-out, the Warriors pack are splintered into two, allowing the hosts to drive over the line. Halani Aulika emerges with the ball for his second score. Homer adds a fine conversion.
Irish 17-3 Warriors
Marland Yarde and then Matt garvey burst through Warriors' line to take Irish into the visitors' 22, before Arr is forced to run the ball into touch by the corner flag.
Big, big tackle from Arr as Phibbs again broke clear - saved a try there - then a fine piece of breakdown work from Drauniniu turned the ball over for de Carpentier.....to boot clear. Decent kick from the back-rower!
Poor kick over the top from Jonny Arr keeps on rolling and runs dead, so Irish have the put-in on the Warriors 10-metre line.
Pat Phibbs pilfers the ball at the breakdown and streaks away to the 22 before being hauled down, but he is on his own and gives away a penalty for holding on. Warning for Warriors though.
Worcester win the line-out, but an isolated Ollie Hayes is hit for not releasing and Irish can clear.
Good vision from Danny Gray sees the fly-half darts back on himself and slice through the London Irish defence to take Warriors to the 22, where the hosts infringe and Gray kicks to the corner.
TRY Irish! Marland Yarde makes a break down the left touchline, before prop Halani Aulika burst past Ceri Jones at the side of a ruck to dive over beneath the posts.
Homer adds the simple conversion to make it Irish 10-3 Warriors
Matavesi looks to play a little too much and the ball goes to ground, leading to an Irish penalty as Warriors go off their feet.
Great work over the ball by Jake Abbott wins a holding on penalty against Tagicakibau as Irish looked to break.
Obviously, Homer kicks for Irish, not fly-half Geraghty.
Full-back Tom Homer drills the ball through the uprights.
Irish 3-3 Warriors
Josh Drauniniu with a brilliant tap-tackle on Salosi Tagicakibau as the Exiles centre looks to have broken free on the left flank.
Warriors are then hit for not rolling away and home captain Shane Geraghty should level the scores.
Silky skills from Josh Matavesi helps Warriors into the Irish half.
Seems to be a pretty open start to the game, both sides finding plenty of space to run into.
No problem for the Warriors fly-half.
Irish 0-3 Warriors
Early chance for Warriors to take the lead with a penalty in front of the posts for off-side against Irish.
Danny Gray gets the match under way.
Fairly sparse crowd here at the Madejski....
The Warriors players are out, still waiting for Irish.....here they come now!
Fifteen minutes to kick-off, should be a high-scoring game today.
Both sides have named back-lines packed with attacking talent.
Also, fans took to the internet to voice their concerns at several top players opting to leave Warriors. Read more here.
It's been a busy week for the Sixways club, to say the least, so here's a few articles for you to have a look at before we get under way here in 40 minutes.
@tomguestWN If Warriors win today, can we still qualify?— @richiehh 27 January 2013
Here's today's team-sheet. Warriors as announced. Alex Gray in for Chris Hala'ufia at number 8 for Irish. http://t.co/iQS2Lw6C— @tomguestWN 27 January 2013