25-40

Commentary

  • FT

  • 80

    Marshall...

    ... sends the conversion through the uprights to end the game.

    25 - 40
  • 80

    Try Irish

    "There's no reason why you cannot award the try." is the message from the TMO and Irish have the last word through Josh McNally.

    23 - 40
  • 80

    Time is up but Irish are still pushing. They look like they're over and we're going to the TMO...

  • 79

    Irish are in possession from the restart and back in Saints' 22 as the last seconds run down.

  • 79

    Mallinder...

    ... sends the simple conversion through too!

    18 - 40
  • 78

    TRYYYYYY COBUS!!!

    Brilliant speed from the scrum-half as he dashed in 60 metres for the score!!

    18 - 38
  • 78

    Lexington intercepts a stray Saints pass and races down the right but he's taken down by a huge hit from Lawes. Irish still have the ball and are pushing but Ojo knock on. Reinach cleans it up and is away...

  • 76

    Haywood leaves the field with Reece Marshall coming on for Saints.

  • 76

    Cowan is the last man out wide as Irish whip it wide again but he's soon covered in Lime green. Saints then earn the turnover at the breakdown and play on. They work their way back into Irish's half and then Grayson sends a kick through for a Irish lineout well within their own 22.

  • 74

    Irish look to attack again and Ojo makes an impact straight away but Saints hold them well on halfway.

  • 73

    Topsy Ojo enters play with Nalaga making way for Irish.

  • 73

    Irish go quickly with a penalty advantage we come back for but Saints slow them down at the ruck. Irish eventually get the ball going but are turned over by Saints. Collins chips through and then puts in a huge tackle on his opposite man to slow things again and force Irish to clear. Paterson collects put just steps into touch on landing. Lineout Irish.

  • 70

    Eventually we get the scrum down and Saints manage to turn it over. But Day loses possession in contact and Irish look to attack again.

  • 69

    Saints maul from the lineout but are held up. Scrum down to Irish in their own 22.

  • 68

    Irish put in another attack but are pushed into touch before Saints earn a penalty at the breakdown. Mallinder sends it long and Saints have a lineout inside Irish's 22.

  • 67

    Saints change Sam Dickinson for Ben Nutley while Irish change their full back, Bell leaving for Greig Tonks.

  • 66

    Bell...

    ... can't convert his own conversion though in his last play of the game.

    18 - 33
  • 65

    Try Irish

    Bell eventually gets over after Irish notice the massive overlap they have out on the left wing.

    18 - 33
  • 65

    Irish go for the maul once again but make little ground this time and are forced to come wide. They're close but it's very haphazard...

  • 64

    Irish maul the lineout and earn themselves a penalty there. We have another attacking lineout for the home side.

  • 63

    We have a pause in play while Burrell is seen too and he eventually makes way for James Grayson. We restart the game with a penalty kick to touch for Bell. And then a lineout 5 metres from Saints line for the home team.

  • 62

    Irish again have the ball and look to come wide but Saints are holding them at the halfway line.

  • 61

    Alex Waller and David Ribbans take their leave with Campese Ma'afu and Christian Day taking their places for Saints.

  • 61

    Saints get close and Foden tries a little dink through to chase but it goes dead before anyone can reach it.

  • 60

    Though Irish are in possession, Saints hold them well and force them to clear. Foden runs the ball back at them and Saints are straight back on the attack here now.

  • 60

    Saints make some changes too, with Ben Foden and Cobus Reinach entering the fray for Ahsee Tuala and Nic Groom respectively.

  • 59

    Irish earn a penalty at the breakdown and send it into touch for a lineout of their own just outside Saints' 22.

  • 58

    Irish also replace Conor Gilsenan with Jake Schatz.

  • 57

    Saints put a huge shove on at the scrum and earn a penalty there. Mallinder makes no mistake as he sends it long into touch. Lineout Saints on halfway.

  • 56

    Irish replace Du Plessis and Van Der Merwe with Ollie Hoskins and Teofilo Paulo.

  • 56

    A mistake from Saints defence sees Irish with a chance of scoring but James Marshall trips and Saints earn the turnover and then the put in at the scrum.

  • 55

    Saints earn a penalty at the breakdown off the back of the restart and Mallinder sends it up for a lineout on halfway.

  • 55

    Saints make a change in the front row with Hill making way for Brookes at tighthead.

  • 54

    Mallinder...

    ... sends the conversion through as well!

    13 - 33
  • 54

    TRYYYYY NORTH!!!

    A huge overlap opens up for Saints out wide and North doesn't need asking twice!

    13 - 31
  • 53

    Saints are back in possession now and pushing up. Mikey Haywood makes a good break before Collins does the same. Saints are up to the Irish 22 now and still pushing.

  • 51

    Irish change their scrum-half now with Scott Steele replacing McKibbin for the hosts.

  • 51

    Another good clearance kick from Irish on the restart and Saints have the lineout but back well within their own half.

  • 50

    Bell...

    ... sends the conversion through too.

    13 - 26
  • 49

    Try Irish

    Alex Lexington gets over in a brilliant solo effort from the Irish wing.

    11 - 26
  • 48

    Good defence from Saints at the lineout but Carley deems them to have knocked on in the tackle and Irish have the put in at the scrum.

  • 47

    Irish maul from the lineout and are rewarded with a penalty. Bell sends his kick into touch for a lineout for the home side just outside Saints' 22.

  • 46

    Irish send a good clearance kick down field for a Saints lineout back within their own half but the men in black, green and gold take it cleanly. Mallinder looks for the crossfield kick but it just finds touch before Tuala's hands. Lineout Irish.

  • 45

    London Irish change their hooker: Dave Porecki leaves the field with a physio while David Paice enters the field.

  • 45

    Saints come wide and Collins does well to keep the ball in play before Alex Waller goes dancing through the Irish line like a back! He makes it up to the Irish 10 metre line before he's taken down. Saints come wide again but Tuala is just pushed into touch before he can dot down.

  • 43

    Irish come off the lineout quickly but knock on in contact and Saints have the put in at the scrum just inside their own half.

  • 42

    Tuala goes for the high ball but Irish get there first. It's a battle of aerial tennis that Mallinder brings to a close with a great kick to touch. Lineout Irish on halfway.

  • 41

    Saints clear the restart but Irish soon do the same. Dickinson is there under the high ball though and Saints are back in attack.

  • 40

    HERE WE GO!!

    Irish v Saints is back underway at the Madejski!

  • HT

    A cracking first half from Saints to secure the bonus point score already! But as with every game at the break, it's only half done and Irish have looked very dangerous with the ball in hand at times.

  • HT

  • 40

    Bell...

    ... sends the kick through from in front of the posts to end the half.

    6 - 26
  • 39

    Saints run hard of the lineout but a huge hit on Mallinder forces the fly half to knock on. Irish collect the ball and play on. They've made it up into Saints' 22 but are pulled back for a penalty. Bell points for the posts.

  • 37

    Saints dominate the scrum once again and earn themselves a penalty. Mallinder sends the kick long for a Saints lineout on halfway.

  • 37

    This time Irish take the lineout cleanly and attempt to charge through Saints' line. Napolioni Nalaga nearly break through but Irish fumble the ball again moments later and Saints have the put in at the scrum.

  • 35

    Groom's box off the restart doesn't find touch and Irish run it back at Saints. The away side are holding Irish well but are penalised at the breakdown and Irish send the penalty into touch. Lineout Irish inside Saints' 22.

  • 33

    Mallinder...

    ... sends the conversion straight the uprights this time.

    3 - 26
  • 33

    TRYYYYYY MIKEY!!!

    Saints maul strongly from the lineout and it's last season's top try scorer Mikey Haywood who gets the ball down!

    3 - 24
  • 32

    Irish fumble the lineout too and Saints are back pushing within Irish's 22. A high tackle from Irish sees Saints playing with advantage and Groom does get close to a score but he, too, is pushed into touch. We come back for the penalty though and Saints have a 5m lineout anyway.

  • 30

    Irish get away from their scrum fine but fumble possession just after. Michael Paterson gratefully scooping up the lose ball. Saints come wide and look dangerous again but Tuala is pushed into touch. Lineout Irish just within their 22.

  • 29

    This one Saints get up for and steal though and the men in black, green and gold are attacking at pace once again. Lawes with a big charge up the middle before Collins breaks through the middle. His offload to Groom finds Irish hands though and we set for a scrum just outside the Irish 22.

  • 27

    Groom boxes immediately from the restart and we have another Irish lineout on halfway.

  • 27

    Mallinder...

    ... sends the tricky conversion just wide though.

    3 - 19
  • 26

    TRYYYYY #2 FOR HORNE!!

    Another try for the Australian! Some brilliant play from Saints gets them close and with a 2 on 1 out wide but Horne doesn't need his extra man as he barges through three Irish defenders for his second of the afternoon!

    3 - 19
  • 25

    A much more dominant effort from Saints at the scrum before the ball is whipped wide at pace for Collins. He's just caught but Saints are still attacking at speed. A lovely pass inside to Lawes from Paterson sees the skipper through to the 22. Saints are still pushing...

  • 23

    Saints press Irish and eventually get the intercept. Mallinder clears but his kick goes straight out, no matter though as Saints already had the scrum coming and now we set for that just inside Saints' half.

  • 23

    Lineout Irish then and they come off it quickly. Lexington makes some ground in the midfield before their forwards take over. Saints' defence is working hard here.

  • 21

    Clean lineout for Saints this time and they ball soon comes out wide. But Saints are penalised for holding again and Bell sends the penalty long but misses touch. Mallinder returns his effort but it comes straight back. Tuala takes the high ball but gets pushed into touch just after.

  • 20

    Scrum down then and Irish earn a free kick. Bell sends it high but Tuala is there. North attempts to go up the right wing but he's just held. No matter though as Saints are awarded a penalty at the breakdown just after. Mallinder sends it to the corner again. Lineout Saints inside Irish's 22.

  • 17

    Saints pinged for a not straight throw and we have the first scrum of the game after 17 minutes.

  • 17

    Huge hits coming in from Saints here in defence and eventually they pay off with a penalty. Mallinder sends the ball into touch and Saints have a lineout just outside Irish's 22.

  • 16

    Saints take the lineout well and Luther Burrell looks to go forwards with the ball before Nic Groom clears with a tidy box. Lineout Irish on halfway.

  • 15

    Courtney Lawes nearly gets a hand to the ball in the lineout but Irish manage to cling onto possession. They're pushing Saints close to the line now. Sebastian DeChaves gets close to breaking through but the ball, on it's way out wide, gets lost into touch. Lineout Saints.

  • 13

    Irish clear the restart but Sam Dickinson is there and he takes it back at them. The ball comes wide and Tom Collins has a go before offloading to North. The winger is penalised for holding on though and Irish send the penalty into the corner. Lineout Irish in Saints' 22.

  • 12

    Bell...

    ... sends his penalty kick through the uprights to get Irish started.

    3 - 14
  • 11

    Saints take their lineout cleanly but are penalised at the breakdown afterwards and Irish opt for the points...

  • 10

    Creating an overlap out wide, Irish look to exploit it but Blair Cowan loses control of the ball and it heads into touch. Lineout Saints.

  • 10

    Irish go for the maul but are making little progress in Saints' defence and are forced to come wide. The forwards crash it up the midfield, they're within 10 metres now.

  • 8

    First period of real possession for Irish and they're attacking well with it. They make it nearly all the way into Saints' 22 before referee Matt Carley awards them a penalty. They duly send it into the corner. Lineout Irish in Saints' 22.

  • 7

    Saints clear from the restart and we have another lineout on halfway. This time it's Irish with the throw in.

  • 7

    Mallinder...

    ... sends this conversion straight through the sticks too!

    0 - 14
  • 6

    TRYYYYYYY HORNE!!

    Nearly scored his first last weekend but it's come for Saints' new boy today. A brilliant solo effort from Horne, leaving Irish defenders in his wake; what a way to open your Saints account?!

    0 - 12
  • 5

    Groom and Burrell team up out wide but Irish get a hand to a stray pass and Brendan McKibbin clears the danger with a neat box kick. Another Saints lineout though, this one well within Irish's half.

  • 4

    Saints whip the ball wide from the lineout quickly before Burrell decides the best way through is, well, through! Saints pushing within Irish's half now.

  • 3

    Saints earn a penalty immediately on the restart and Mallinder clears it up field for a Saints lineout on halfway.

  • 2

    Mallinder...

    ... sends the simple conversion through too!

    0 - 7
  • 2

    TRYYYYYY GROOMY!!

    Brilliant footwork from George North starts of a fantastic move from Saints. The ball goes through Burrell and Paterson too before Groom finishes the move under the posts!

    0 - 5
  • 2

    Irish clear the kick off quickly and Saints are in possession on the halfway line. Harry Mallinder goes for a high ball to Rob Horne but Irish collect. Saints are holding them well though and the home side are forced to box again.

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    WE'RE UNDERWAY AT THE MADEJSKI!!

    London Irish v Saints is on!!