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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

London Irish stunned by the Scarlets

London Irish stunned by the Scarlets

London Irish had their Heineken Cup quarter-final hopes left in tatters after the Scarlets beat them 31-22 at Parc y Scarlets on the weekend.

The Exiles had a 22-10 lead which they blew as two second half tries from flanker Rob McCusker and two from Jon Davies set up the thrilling win for the home side.

London Irish now need a bonus-point win against Pool Six rivals Leinster this coming Saturday night at Twickenham.

"It was deja-vu, let's be honest about it," London Irish coach Toby Booth said.

"We're pretty disappointed by the unforced error count. We didn't take the opportunities that we crafted for ourselves. At 22-10 up, you expect to close the game out.

We had glorious opportunities to put the game to bed and we didn't take them."

At Twickenham, London Irish will need to deny Leinster any points, as well as grab a five-point haul themselves if they wish to progress as group winners.


Time: 03:13

Posted at 7:50 am | 21 comments

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miguel January 20, 2010 7:24 am

first..... only because i hate the guys who sign on only to do this.

shocking finish from the irish. i thought they had control of the game. poor decision not to go for posts and put themselves 3 scores clear. it may have worked out that they would have still lost, but poor decision.

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miguel January 20, 2010 7:32 am

i should clarify: irish were up 22-10 when they were awarded a kickable penalty in the scarlets half. they want the bonus point so they kick for the corner-which is a reasonable enough decision. however, this is a time when you have to kick for goal, especially when you dont trully need the bonus point, especially when you consider how much more important the other 4 points are.

when do you have to kick?
provided of course your kicker can make the kick:

when you're tied
when your'e down by 1, 2, or 3
when the kick will push you ahead a score, for example: youre up by 6, opposition can still beat you with a converted try, so you kick, make it 9 so that even if they can score a converted try they have to score again, its a strong psychological tool that they should have used at 12 to make scarlets have to score three more times. granted they did that, but it could have kept irish's momentum.

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geordie January 20, 2010 8:34 am

why did newcastle get rid of andrew fenby 1 of the most up and coming players in england last year? typical

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Queekeg January 20, 2010 8:48 am

Well, the commentators seem to sleep, that's funny !

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Flank January 20, 2010 10:29 am

awesome game for the scarlets! pity for London Irish

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Oli January 20, 2010 10:37 am

Some nice tries there!

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Chris January 20, 2010 2:14 pm

What was with that commentator? What's this guy's name? He's awful!

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Anonymous January 20, 2010 2:17 pm

Poor defenses, but imo pleasant match. Two offensive teams, good hands, great runs and all the stuffs.

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Anonymous January 20, 2010 2:23 pm

awesome match for the neutral. great spirit shown by the scarlets to fight back the way they did.

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Owen January 20, 2010 2:24 pm

Some of the worst commentating I've heard.

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Anonymous January 20, 2010 2:47 pm

Spot the people who don't goto games, you know you don't get any commentary at the matches, in the stands?

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3/4 centre January 20, 2010 7:41 pm

Pleasant game. Some big defense mistakes but some great inspirations too. Superb first try for London Irish.

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mise January 20, 2010 10:38 pm

Ah, hold on. That was crap. They were the highlights - aimless kicking and piss poor defense.

A close match and a bit of a comeback doesn't mean good rugby was played.

Both teams can be great on their day, and no doubt will be many more times this season, but these highlights were less interesting that watching my 9 year old play rugby on playstation.

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Anonymous January 21, 2010 12:03 am

wow chill out if you don't have anything good to say don't say it at all

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mise January 21, 2010 1:12 pm

"wow chill out if you don't have anything good to say don't say it at all"

If you don't use a name say nothing at all! How about that one!?!?

This isn't facebook! It isn't Barney either! Its not a place where people only say nice things about particular games - its a place where people communicate honestly, and sometimes also with their understandable favourite team bias, about games.

As it happens, I did say that the two teams are usually better. However I didn't say it because I wanted to be nice. I said it cos its true.

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Anonymous January 21, 2010 5:33 pm

thank you scarlets from a leinster fan

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Huh!! the 3rd January 21, 2010 7:15 pm

Where has Topsy Ojo gone? He's been out since '08 now (I think). I saw him on the sidelines during the Premiership Final last season, but other than that, nada. Maybe the Irish fans can answer that one. Is there a time limit on injuries where contracts are cancelled?

He and Monye would be an incredible combo on the wings for England.

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Anonymous January 21, 2010 9:58 pm

Im all for Topsy Ojo. Good player but neither he or Monye are incredible and together they wudnt be incredible either. Ive lost most of my respect for Monye since the Lions Tour.

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John F January 22, 2010 1:20 am

It's been a difficult season at times for Harlequins but Monye reminded everyone of his finishing ability against Toulouse though.

I couldn't believe it though that he failed to finish either of those chances in the first test against South Africa. They were relatively simple finishes to make and certainly the one where he had the ball under the wrong arm was poor skills. He is a good player and much faster than your average Northern Hemisphere winger but he is also fallible. Nevertheless should do well on the wing for England if they can get him the ball in any space, no sign of that any time soon though with England!

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Huh!! the 3rd January 22, 2010 11:53 pm

Monye is a great defender though aswell, and has been Quins best player this season by a mile.

No sooner had I asked the q about Ojo, when I hear he's back playing tomorrow (or today if your following the time of the post, I'm 2 hrs behind). Combined shoulder and knee injuries are the reason for his lay off I believe.

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