Exiles rout Falcons to go top
September 25, 2010
London Irish winger Topsy Ojo races away to score a try
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Topsy Ojo scored a hat-trick as London Irish hammered Newcastle Falcons 46-12 at Kingston Park to climb to the top of the Aviva Premiership table, for the time being at least.
With unbeaten Northampton not in action until Sunday, against Saracens, the Exiles capitalised on their chance to move to the summit in glorious fashion, running in six tries in total. As well as Ojo's treble, fellow winger Jonathan Joseph helped himself to a brace, while Dan Bowden scored the visitors' other try in a hugely impressively display of attacking rugby.
Newcastle hardly helped themselves, though, gifting Irish their opening try in the ninth minute when Alex Tait spilled the ball in attack and Delon Armitage swept it up. With Tait out of position, Armitage kicked ahead and surged past Gcobani Bobo before snapping up the ball and sending in Ojo for the score, which was promptly converted by Ryan Lamb.
Ojo was back again for his second in the 15th minute when Seilala Mapusua's sublime offload sent the winger cutting infield and while there was a hint of obstruction on a Newcastle defender, it was a marvellous finish from the England hopeful.
Newcastle had hardly seen the ball for the first 25 minutes but when they did, they scored a cracking try though Jimmy Gopperth. It came on the back of some powerful driving from the Falcons pack and Tim Ryan almost got there before Micky Young swept the ball out to his fly-half, whose curving run took him behind the posts.
Gopperth also converted to make it 14-7 but London Irish reasserted their dominance right on half-time when Armitage skinned Bobo before releasing Joseph, who skipped past Charles Amesbury's despairing cover tackle to score in the corner.
Lamb missed an early second-half penalty but then kicked two in three minutes and another sublime offload from Mapusua brought the bonus try from Bowden. Ojo again cruised through the middle for his third and Lamb converted before Joseph grabbed his second try courtesy of an interception. Lamb's conversion made it 46-7 before Tait dived over for the Falcons' second try with two minutes left.