Feb 09, 2013
London Irish 29 Saracens 16
Saracens lost only their third Premiership match of the season on Saturday as they were beaten 29-16 by London Irish at the Madejski Stadium.
The game was level at 9-9 at the break but two second half tries from the home side saw them to victory. In reply David Strettle crossed the line for the visitors with 14 points from the boot of Charlie Hodgson.
The opening 40 minutes belonged to the kickers with Hodgson and Tom Homer both striking three penalties apiece. Twice Hodgson struck his side into the lead but twice Homer came back to level the scores.
With four minutes left in the opening period, Homer did give his side the lead for the first time in the game, but it only lasted two minutes as Hodgson struck an effort from halfway that hit the crossbar and bounced over.
Homer gave the home side the lead once again after the break before the Exiles crossed the line for a try. Sarries were in possession on halfway but a loose pass was picked off by Shane Geraghty who raced home to score.
Homer added the conversion and when the full back slotted another penalty for the Exiles, it gave them a 22-9 lead with 20 minutes left in the match.
But Saracens got back into the match with a try from David Strettle with 14 minutes left on the clock. Building the pressure on the Exiles 22, Strettle got the ball and weaved his way through the home defence to cross under the posts. Hodgson converted.
However, within minutes, Irish had crossed for their second try. A break upfield saw replacement Ofisa Treviranus get the ball out wide and with the help of a block on Jackson Wray, he was able to cross the line in the corner. Homer added the extras to seal the win.