Match Stats - Fix Info
Match Page 2017-18 - Summary
London Irish won just their second game of the Aviva Premiership season with a battling victory over Worcester Warriors.
The only try of the game was scored by scrum-half Piet van Zyl in the first half, but the Exiles had Greig Tonks to thank for kicking 17 points on their way to victory.
Chris Pennell responded from the tee for the visitors, but Worcester couldn’t create any real try-scoring opportunities.
Worcester started well, pinning Irish back deep in their 22, and when Teofilo Paulo was penalised for a dangerous tackle and sin-binned, Pennell stepped up to slot the penalty between the posts.
Irish hit back with two penalties of their own, but not before coming close to the game’s first try.
Alex Lewington, making his 100th appearance for Irish found space on the left wing and chipped through for van Zyl to run on to, but he was hauled down a yard from the line.
Van Zyl did manage to cross the line a few minutes later, finding a great line to break through the Warriors defensive line and gathering the ball from his own chip over the top to score.
It was a favourable bounce for the scrum-half, but he pounced to put the home side into a deserved lead.
Arno Botha looked lively and cause the Warriors a few problems, but they gradually grew into the half and reduced the deficit with another Pennell penalty on 37 minutes.
Irish had lost from a better position against Northampton Saints in Round 15 and knew they would need a strong start after the interval.
When Worcester were penalised for not rolling away, Tonks had an easy chance to extend the home side’s advantage.
Worcester soon responded with a penalty of their own, Pennell calmly converting once again after Sam Lewis had burst forward into the Exiles’ 22.
The game became quite cagey in the second half, with both sides conceding penalties when in attacking positions, unable to put points on the board, Tonks missing the chance to extend his side’s lead once more.
But the Warriors’ indiscipline would cost them again, conceding another kickable penalty, with which Tonks made no mistake.
With the game all but won, winger Joe Cokanasiga broke from inside his own half and Irish came close to a second try, but settled for Tonks’ fifth penalty and a welcome victory.