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Monday, December 12, 2011

London Irish comeback upsets Racing Metro in Colombes

London Irish secured an impressive bonus point win away from home, their first of the competition, as they beat Racing Metro 34-14 in Pool 2 of the Heineken Cup on the weekend. They lost to Edinburgh and Cardiff Blues in the first two rounds.

The visitors scored some nice tries despite trailing early on, namely through Jonathan Spratt, Joe Ansbro, and Adam Thomstone, with the latter scoring a brace.

Fijian winger Sereli Bobo scored another quality try for Racing, and with a 14-10 lead for the home side they looked to be well positioned at the break. That was until Irish had a great spell in the second half where they scored twice to shoot into a 27-14 lead.

A Thomstone interception in the final ten minutes sealed the result as Racing chased the game.

"It was always going to be very tough coming here. Everyone talks about winning your home games in the Heineken Cup but the key to surviving is to win on the road," said boss Toby Booth.

"To go up against a French institution like Racing - with the budget, resources and quality of players they have - and to win is a great result for us. Consistency is absolutely key for us now. This win will mean nothing if we don't back it up it next week."

London Irish host Racing Metro for the return leg this coming weekend.

Posted by Rugbydump at 11:04 am | View Comments (8)

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stroudos December 12, 2011 2:26 pm

Very interesting, ja. Bit of genius, bit of magic, Sireli Bobo, ja very good, very good.

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RedYeti December 12, 2011 2:27 pm

Looked like Bobo just couldn't be bothered to make the tackle on Thompstone's first try. He pulls up right in front of him, when he could have at least tried to make the hit and hold him up or dislodge the ball

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stroudos December 12, 2011 2:28 pm

Apologies, I forgot "three cheers for Sireli Bobo".

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Pretzel December 12, 2011 3:19 pm

¬_¬ Stroudos beat me!!!

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ronanrfc December 12, 2011 3:21 pm

Hahaha Stroudos thats exactly what i was thinking

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Colombes December 12, 2011 5:17 pm

as a racing fan, i'm obviously disappointed ;)
but the "exiles" deserved their victory, they scored on their 4 occasions in pretty nice manner. since november, i didn't recognize the racingmen in the 2nd half. they've got few injuries (hernandez, chavancy, half of their scrum is @ hospital) but the christmas pause will be important to remobilize the troops.

don't think irishs will go through this pool, cardiff for the 1/4

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Just Call Me Ehtch December 12, 2011 7:21 pm

I'll tell you this for nothing, my french has seriously improved since watching pirate on-line french rugby, HC/Amlin or French Top 14. Heard the other day even Mike Phillips say during the match "ref avant, avant!", and that is saying something, Monsieur/Madame.

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