Friday, October 23, 2009

The Scarlets upset London Irish at home

The Scarlets upset London Irish at home

London Irish admitted they blew it after they narrowly lost 27-25 to the Scarlets in another thrilling Heineken Cup game at the Madjeski Stadium on the weekend.

A late penalty from Stephen Jones was the difference between the two sides after scrumhalf Peter Richards had been penalised for playing the ball in an offside position.

"We made too many errors and Stephen made us pay," said Exiles skipper Bob Casey.

Jones ended up with 17 points, while Dan Evans and Mark Jones both scored quality tries. For Irish, it was Declan Danaher and Elvis SevealiI who scored.

The last gasp victory sees them retain top spot in Pool Six, a position which few had predicted, which proved to be extra motivation for Scarlets head coach Nigel Davies.

"The fact we've been written off has been a motivating factor for us. When I've looked at some of the programs and what's been written in the media I've seen that we've barely been mentioned."

He added: "I've used that quite a bit as motivation. We have quality with some youngsters who put their hands up.

"The fact the game wasn't on TV was disappointing as well because it was second to none as a spectacle."

"We were superb against a quality team. We kept going despite the interception try and that's what you need to do against big teams.

"It's a massive win for us but it's still a tough pool. We have two massive games against Leinster so there's a long way to go.

"But we're in a strong position and we'll go into those fixtures high in confidence," he concluded.

Take note of Daniel Evans classy individual try. Hes one to watch out for the future.

Time: 01:22

Posted by Rugbydump at 2:53 pm | View Comments (13)

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Anonymous October 23, 2009 1:47 pm

1st I am the king of rugbydump!

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Anonymous October 23, 2009 2:09 pm

2nd, i am the queen!

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ConnachtFan October 23, 2009 2:22 pm

Pity the stadium looks almost empty....

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Anonymous October 23, 2009 2:53 pm

is there anybody out there

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FrankyH October 23, 2009 3:19 pm

Brilliant try by Dan Evans. Made that look simple

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Anonymous October 23, 2009 5:20 pm

yes! i hope both stephen and mark jones are looking very good
beauty individual try too

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Anonymous October 23, 2009 5:21 pm

***take out "i hope" i started a new sentance without deleting the old one

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Anonymous October 23, 2009 5:28 pm

thanks scarlets thats a relief for leinster

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Anonymous October 23, 2009 6:09 pm

Nice upset, London Irish must be gutted.

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james October 24, 2009 12:01 am

where is Madjeski ??

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Dave October 24, 2009 12:58 pm

^ Madjeski is in Reading, not far from London. No idea where the name comes from though.

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Anonymous October 24, 2009 2:53 pm

Stadium is named after John Madejski, the owner of Reading FC and the the guy who paid for the stadium. :P He's worth around 250m.

Tight game, part of what makes the Heineken the best club/regional cup comp in the world.

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