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Bath Rugby defeated on the road
London Irish

London Irish 29 v 22 Bath Rugby

22 September 2012, KO 15:00

Madejski Stadium
AVIVA Premiership




22 September 2012, 7:03pm

Bath Rugby defeated on the road

A try from Kyle Eastmond alongside a conversion and five penalties from Olly Barkley wasn't enough for Bath Rugby to overcome London Irish at the Madejski Stadium as they fell to a 29-22 loss.

Both sides were looking to press forward in the early stages of the game, and when Marland Yarde failed to gather the high ball it gave Bath the chance to take an early lead as Olly Barkley looked to strike a drop goal from the back of a scrum. The attempt was wide, but Bath maintained the pressure. A good lineout, following a penalty in the visitors favour at the scrum, saw a powerful driving maul set up and Irish had no choice but to give away the penalty to halt it. Barkley made no mistake this time, giving Bath the lead after nine minutes. 0-3.

Irish were looking lively in attack though, and it wasn't long before Steven Shingler had levelled the scores for the hosts.

An exchange of penalties followed, with both Barkley and Shingler striking the ball well, before the Irish centre gave them the lead on the 23rd minute with his second kick from the halfway line.

Staunch defence from Bath quickly snuffed out the attacking opportunities for Irish, and they were soon on the attack themselves. A well-secured lineout saw the ball come back to Stephen Donald, and as Eastmond looped behind him, the fly-half floated the pass out the winger. Eastmond broke and fedNick Abendanon who continued the break, with Tom Biggs outside him in support. Eastmond was quickly on his inside shoulder though, and as the ball was offloaded he had a simple run in. Barkley's conversion was good, and Bath were back in front on the half hour, 9-13.

Shingler's monster boot came to the fore again moments later though, this time kicking from just inside the Bath half to reduce the deficit to just one point.

The hosts continued to push hard, and with just a minute left of the half they got the break as Halani Aulika drove over from short range. Shingler got the conversion, and it was 19-13 at half-time.

Barkley immediately clawed three back for the visitors when the teams returned to the pitch after Irish were seen to come in from the side, but the home side were refusing to give in to the pressure, instead forcing their way up the field and into a good position on the field. The Bath defence held their ground, but when Ian Humphreys combined well with Yarde in the centre, they released Jonathan Joseph to burst through and score. Shingler's conversion took the lead to 10 points, but Bath weren't giving up, and powered their way into the opposition half.

A strong lineout drive from Bath saw Jamie Gibson sin-binned for repeated infringements, and the visitors looked to press home their advantage with Barkley kicking for the corner rather than goal. The forwards drew the defence, picking and going from close range. The ball was shipped wide, and whilst it looked like a try was certain, there was a knock-on and the advantage lost.

The Irish defence, a problem for them in their first three games, had been shored up and weren't giving in to the heavy pressure from the visitors attack.
Barkley reduced the gap with two more penalties in the closing stages, but Shingler was on hand again to extend the lead with one of his own, taking the score to 29-22 as the game drew to an end.

With just seven points in it, Bath continued to hit Irish with wave after wave of attack, but they were unable to find the gap they needed to wriggle through for the try, and it finished with just a losing bonus point for the visitors.

Final Score – London Irish 29 – Bath Rugby 22.

Match details

Referee: JP Doyle
Half Time score: 19-13

London Irish

Tries: Aulika (39), Joseph (46)
Cons: Shingler (40,47)
Pens: Shingler (14,21,23,32,72)


Tries: Eastmond (28)
Cons: Barkley (29)
Pens: Barkley (9,17,41,63,69)

London Irish score card

Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
Jonathan Joseph 1 0 0 0 5
Steve Shingler 0 2 5 0 19
Halani Aulika 1 0 0 0 5

Bath score card

Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
Kyle Eastmond 1 0 0 0 5
Olly Barkley 0 1 5 0 17

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Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

London Irish



P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
FB Tom Homer15Nick Abendanon FB
W Topsy Ojo14Kyle Eastmond W 1
1 C Jonathan Joseph13Dan Hipkiss C
5 2 C Steve Shingler12Olly Barkley C 1 5
W Marland Yarde11Tom Biggs W
FH Ian Humphreys10Stephen Donald FH
SH Tomas O'Leary9Michael Claassens SH
P Max Lahiff1Nathan Catt P
H Scott Lawson2Lee Mears H
1 P Halani Aulika3Anthony Perenise P
L Bryn Evans4Stuart Hooper L
L Matthew Garvey5Dominic Day L
FL Declan Danaher6Carl Fearns FL
FL Jamie Gibson7Ben Skirving FL
8 Ofisa Treviranus8Simon Taylor 8


rh David Paice16Ross Batty rh
rp Jerry Yanuyanutawa17Paul James rp
rp Alan Cotter18Kane Palma-Newport rp
r8 George Skivington19Dave Attwood r8
rfl Jonathon Fisher20Josh Ovens rfl
rsh Anthony Watson21Mark McMillan rsh
rfh Shane Geraghty22Sam Vesty rfh
rc Jack Moates23Jack Cuthbert rc