Winning start for London Irish

  • Last Updated: November 11 2012, 18:24 GMT

A review of the action in the weekend's action in the LV= Cup, including London Irish's victory over Sale Sharks.

London Irish celebrate against Sale

Flanker Matt Garvey scored two tries as London Irish overturned a 18-10 half-time deficit to beat Sale Sharks 34-28 in their opening LV= Cup clash at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday.

Lock George Skivington and centre Shane Geraghty scored the Exiles' other tries, with fly-half Ian Humphreys kicking 14 points.

Danny Cipriani scored 18 points for Sale with a try, three penalties and two conversions after out-of-favour Wales scrum-half Dwayne Peel's try gave the visitors an early lead.

Sale salvaged a losing bonus point with winger Charlie Amesbury's last-ditch try, converted by Cipriani.

A completely-changed Exeter gained a measure of revenge for their Aviva Premiership defeat at the Kassam Stadium earlier this season with an emphatic 42-15 victory over London Welsh.

The Warriors scored four of their six tries in the final quarter, with Nic Sestaret and Jack Nowell both going over twice, to blow away their hosts who had led 9-8 at half-time.

Will Carrick-Smith and Mark Foster touched down for Exeter before their late blitz, with Henry Slade adding 12 points from the boot.

The Exiles, who retained 10 players from the team that met bath last time out, relied on Gordon Ross to kick over all of their points.

In Saturday's action, a Ben Botica try from the last play of the game won a thrilling clash for Harlequins 31-30 at Northampton.

It was the Saints' fourth defeat in a row, but they looked to be heading for victory after coming back from 21-6 down to lead 30-24 with the clock dead.

But on his Saints debut prop Ethan Waller was yellow-carded for killing the ball in his 22 and Quins tapped it for Botica to barge over. The Kiwi knocked over the simple conversion to secure a win they could scarcely believe.

Sam Smith (2) and Harry Sloan had earlier crossed for Quins as they established control in the first half before Luther Burrell and Tom May responded for Northampton, who dominated the scrum all game.

Fijian wing Semesa Rokoduguni scored two tries on his debut and fly-half Tom Heathcote landed eight kicks out of eight to give Bath a winning start in the LV= Cup as they beat Newport Gwent Dragons 36-15.

Former England centre Matt Banahan scored Bath's third try as Dragons slipped to a sixth successive defeat in all competitions. They had also conceded 46 points to Bath when the sides met in the LV= Cup last season.

With 14 on the casualty list, including Wales flanker Dan Lydiate, they named three teenagers in the starting line-up, including 17-year-old Jack Dixon at centre.

Worcester produced an improved second-half performance to begin campaign in style with a 34-18 victory over spirited Scarlets at Sixways.

Worcester trailed 13-6 at the interval but dominated the second half to score four tries, with Joe Carlisle kicking 14 points in all.

In the first half Scarlets were the better team and would have pushed Worcester much harder had young outside-half Owen Williams not missed with three routine penalties at a crucial stage in the game.

On Friday night Saracens got their LV= Cup campaign off to a winning start with a 38-21 victory over holders Leicester.

Playing at Bedford Blues' Goldington Road, Sarries raced into a 30-0 lead thanks to tries from Jamie George, Duncan Taylor and Joe Maddock.

Tigers rallied in the second half, however, and tries from Joe Cain and debutant number eight Michael Noone cut the deficit.

But Sarries openside Andy Saull's try in the 64th minute meant that Harry Thacker's last-minute try was a mere consolation.

Morgan Allen's last-gasp try saw a young Ospreys side prevail 33-27 over Gloucester in a dramatic encounter at the Liberty Stadium.

The hosts had led 26-13 with eight minutes to go but a Dan Murphy score and a penalty try put the Aviva Premiership side ahead with time running out.

But the Ospreys responded emphatically, driving Allen over the line against some tentative defence to seal an excellent win.

Wing Tom Grabham also crossed for the Ospreys, with fly-half Matthew Morgan kicking four penalties and two drop goals, while replacement Sam Davies, son of Gloucester boss Nigel, slotted five points.

Prop Yann Thomas got the first of the visitors' three tries with young fly-half Billy Burns, brother of regular Cherry and Whites number 10 Freddie, kicking eight points before suffering a shoulder injury.

Cardiff fly-half Ceri Sweene grabbed the winning try as the Blues came from behind to end a six-game losing streak against Wasps as they won 22-17.

Wasps went into the break 14-7 ahead as Elliot Daly's try and three Tommy Bell penalties cancelled out Cardiff full-back Dan Fish's stunning early try.

But two tries in 11 minutes in the second half from Tom James and Sweeney secured the win.

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