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Tries to Halani Aulika and Jonathan Joseph and 19 points from the boot of Man of the Match Steven Shingler were enough to see Brian Smith’s side register their first four points of the campaign.
Ofisa Treviranus was prominent and at his exciting attacking best in the opening ten minutes. The Samoan international, who was playing at number 8 for the first time this season, made two line breaks in quick succession and came very close to scoring with the second line break only to be tackled out a couple of metres short.
Olly Barkley and Steven Shingler kicked two penalties each in the opening quarter striking the ball extremely well. Steve Shingler kicked the Exiles ahead on 25 minutes after Declan Danaher won his side a penalty on half way.
Kyle Eastmond crossed for the game’s opening score and it was a well worked try by the visitors. A sweeping back move saw the winger find an inside pass from Nick Abendanon and dive in for his second try of the season. Barkley added the extras to put Bath 13-9 ahead.
Steven Shingler replied with another fantastic penalty to make it a one point ball game moving towards half time.
Irish went into the break in front thanks to a try by Halani Aulika on the stroke of half time. The Tongan tighthead prop drove over from a metre out after good work at the lineout by the Exiles forwards. Half time London Irish 19 Bath 13.
Olly Barkley kicked a penalty goal two minutes into the re-start to claw Irish’s lead back. However Irish responded immediately with a try minutes later.
A lineout move proved effective as Scott Lawson hit Matt Garvey and the front five drove into the heart of the Bath pack. The ball was released to the backs and Marland Yarde gave the final pass to Jonathan Joseph who dived over for his first try of the season. Shingler’s conversion gave Irish a 10 point lead.
Irish lost Jamie Gibson to the sin bin soon after the Joseph try and defended out of their skins during this period. Bath were camped on the Exiles line and were unable to break through the hosts resolute defence.
Olly Barkley was impeccable with the boot and kicked his side within four points moving into the closing stages to leave Irish supporters on the edge of their seats.
Man of the match, Shingler, ensured the victory with his fifth penalty to round of a fantastic afternoon for both London Irish and himself.
Brian Smith’s side travel to Sixways next Friday evening to take on Worcester Warriors at Sixways.
Score sequence (London Irish first) 0-3, 3-3, 3-6, 6-6, 9-6, 9-13, 12-13, 19-13, 19-16, 26-16, 26-19, 26-22, 29-22
Scorers: London Irish: Penalties: Shingler (15, 22, 25, 33, 73); Tries: Aulika (38) Joseph (47); Conversions Shingler (2); Bath: Penalties: Barkley (10, 18, 42, 63, 70); Tries: Eastmond (29); Conversions: Barkley
London Irish team
15. Tom Homer (rep: Anthony Watson, 78); 14. Topsy Ojo; 13. Jonathan Joseph; 12. Steven Shingler; 11. Marland Yarde; 10. Ian Humphreys (rep: Shane Geraghty, 78); 9. Tomás O’Leary (rep: Jack Moates, 78); 1. Max Lahiff; 2. Scott Lawson (rep: David Paice, 57); 3. Halani Aulika (rep: Alan Cotter, 57); 4. Bryn Evans; 5. Matt Garvey (rep: George Skivington, 63); 6. Declan Danaher (Captain); 7. Jamie Gibson; 8. Ofisa Treviranus (rep: Jon Fisher, 57 rep Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 73))
Replacements: 16. David Paice; 17. Jerry Yanuyanutawa; 18. Alan Cotter; 19. George Skivngton; 20. Jon Fisher; 21. Anthony Watson; 22. Shane Geraghty; 23. Jack Moates
15. Nick Abendanon; 14. Kyle Eastmond; 13. Dan Hipkiss; 12. Olly Barkley; 11. Tom Biggs; 10. Stephen Donald (rep: Sam Vesty, 65); 9. Michael Claassens (rep: Mark McMillian, 75); 1. Nathan Catt (rep: Paul James, 59); 2. Lee Mears; 3. Anthony Perenise; 4. Stuart Hooper (Captain); 5. Dominic Day (rep: Dave Attwood, 59); 6. Dominic Day; 7. Ben Skirving (rep: Josh Ovens, 73); 8. Simon Taylor
Replacements: 16. Ross Batty; 17. Paul James; 18. Kane Palma-Newport; 19. Dave Attwood; 20. Josh Ovens; 21. Mark McMillian; 22. Sam Vesty; 23. Jack Cuthbert
Referee: JP Doyle