Aviva Premiership round-up: Irish topple Sale to stay in the hunt
Sunday 17 April 2011
London Irish kept up their bid for a top-four place in the Aviva Premiership with a hard-fought 34-20 win against Sale at the Reebok Stadium last night.
In front of a record crowd of 16,428, Sale got off to an awful start when Topsy Ojo intercepted a pass by Charlie Hodgson on halfway and ran under the posts.
Then hooker David Paice dived over after good work by the forwards and fly-half Dan Bowden broke through a tackle by Henry Thomas to touch down.
Sale were more aggressive after the break and the lock Sean Cox drove over after sustained pressure by their pack. Wame Lewaravu touched down after a powerful run down the right wing to further erode Irish's lead.
But Irish completed the win when flanker Steffon Armitage scored in the last minute.
Springboks Michael Claassens and Butch James scored all the points as Bath held on desperately to beat visitors Harlequins 19-15 and leapfrog them into sixth place.
The only try came after 11 minutes in one of the few fluent moves of a tense game. Nick Abendanon made ground down the left, Shontayne Hape glided through the Quins defence, found support from Ben Skirving and Claassens was on hand to score.
In the Magners League, Simon Zebo's try proved the difference as leaders Munster strengthened their grip at the top with a 13-6 win at Scarlets. Leinster, even without Brian O'Driscoll, scored three tries inside the opening 13 minutes as they proved too strong for Ulster, winning 34-26 in Dublin and taking over in second place. Treviso battled past Glasgow 19-16.
Karim Benzema to Arsenal: Real Madrid striker fuels speculation he will join Gunners with cryptic Instagram post
Memphis Depay scores amazing overhead kick from Wayne Rooney cross during Manchester United pre-season training
David De Gea to Real Madrid: Spanish club resume £28m pursuit after fending Manchester United off Sergio Ramos
Karim Benzema to Arsenal: Transfer news live - Angel Di Maria to leave Manchester United, Emmanuel Adebayor to Aston Villa
Manchester United forward Memphis Depay is not the strongest player in the squad as Luke Shaw and Ashely Young hail Tyler Blackett
- 1 Australia to impose 24-hour curfew on all cats to protect endangered species
- 2 The difference between a psychopath and a sociopath
- 4 Walter Palmer: Cecil the lion killer revealed to be American dentist
- 5 What TripAdvisor users think of 16 of the world's most popular landmarks
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn says 'we can learn a great deal from Karl Marx'
I am the Jeremy Corbyn supporter that many will tell you doesn't exist
Public anger after French sunbather beaten up by gang for wearing a bikini in Reims park
Labour leadership: New poll shows party is now even 'less electable' than under Ed Miliband
Labour leadership contest: I would never quit the party, says Liz Kendall