Gerard Meagher at the Madejski Stadium

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Oct 07

Leicester sneak past London Irish as Jonny May keeps on scoring

• London Irish 27-28 Leicester• Alex Lewington’s late try earns bonus point for slow-starting IrishA tale of two wingers, as Alex Lewington earned what may prove a valuable point indeed for London Irish, all the while Jonny May continues to make his ca…

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Sep 24

Two dazzling tries from Rob Horne sees Northampton victorious at London Irish

• London Irish 25-40 Northampton
• Saints’ first-half onslaught opened up match-winning lead

Not exactly the homecoming London Irish were hoping for, rather a few home truths on a first Premiership match here for 16 months and the brutal reality of the arduous slog ahead. Chief among the lessons for the Exiles is the danger posed by a start as sluggish as theirs. They stirred themselves after the break but Irish were ultimately outclassed by Northampton, for whom the Australian centre Rob Horne registered his first two tries and caught the eye throughout.

The fact that the Saints were themselves ragged at times in the second half will not please Jim Mallinder, but his side’s recovery following their opening‑day embarrassment continues to impress with this a third win in a row since then. George North is finding some form, Luther Burrell too – although he limped off with a knee injury after the break – and Courtney Lawes does not seem capable of dropping his excellent standards at present.

Related: Billy Vunipola ruled out for four months with knee cartilage injury

Related: Mark Wilson swoops for Newcastle in thrilling last-gasp victory at Bath

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