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London Irish 20 – 0 Newcastle Falcons

29 Dec 2002
London Irish 20 – 0 Newcastle Falcons

London Irish's 20-0 victory over Newcastle Falcons at Madejski Stadium in Reading on Sunday was a big one given the weather conditions and given the recent history of matches between the two struggling sides in the Zurich Premiership. Barry Everitt scored half the victors' points.

The weekend before it took an Irish miracle as the clock ran out of time and they came back from 16-5 down to win 17-16. They needed no miracle this week as they scored three tries to nil.

The first try came just before half-time when, from a scrum close to the Falcons' line, flyhalf Barry Everitt chipped, chased, dived and scored a try which he converted.

Early in the second half outside centre Nick Burrows got over for an unconverted try after charging down a clearance attempt by Mark Mayerhofler. Everitt added a penalty and there was no doubt that, at 15-0 with 12 minutes left, the Exiles were heading for victory.

Wing Paul Sackey got the final score of the match deep in injury time.

In the three weather-battered Zurich Premiership matches on Sunday, four tries were scored – three by London Irish.

Billed as a relegation battle. London Irish's win lifts them to third last while the Falcons languish at the bottom and in serious trouble.


For London Irish:Tries: Everitt, Burrows, SackeyConv: EverittPen: Everitt

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