Francois Hougaard, Worcester Warriors
South African scrum-half Francois Hougaard crosses for the first of his two tries
London Irish (8) 25
Tries: Loader, Tuisue, Meehan, Homer Con: Jackson Pen: Jackson
Worcester (7) 40
Tries: Hougaard 2, Nanai, Lawrence 2, Howe Cons: Weir 5

Worcester secured only their second Premiership win of the year as they sent fellow strugglers London Irish to a ninth consecutive defeat.

Ben Loader opened the scoring after four minutes before Warriors responded through Francois Hougaard.

Paddy Jackson’s penalty had given Irish an 8-7 lead at half-time despite Warriors dominating the opening period.

But the visitors scored five second-half tries to earn a bonus point win and leapfrog Irish in the table.

Both teams came into the game in wretched form, with Irish without a win since February and Worcester having lost 11 of their last 12.

After recovering well from Loader’s early score, the visitors enjoyed long spells of possession but struggled to find a way through a determined and organised Exiles defence.

Ben Loader, London Irish
Irish wing Ben Loader crossed for an early try but he couldn’t prevent his side falling to defeat

South African scrum-half Hougaard was the man who eventually made the breakthrough when Irish back-rower Albert Tuisue fell for his dummy pass.

But, despite having little possession and going down to 14 men when Isaac Curtis-Harris was yellow carded, the hosts took the lead through Paddy Jackson’s penalty on the stroke of half-time.

Warriors began the second half strongly and Hougaard crossed for his second after centre Ollie Lawrence picked a great line through the Irish defence.

The hosts’ discipline deserted them again when Terrence Hepetema was sin-binned after 47 minutes and Warriors took full advantage when Melani Nanai raced across the line a minute later.

Impressive Worcester centre Lawrence then added tries either side of Tuisue’s close-range score.

Irish earned a try bonus point of their own through Ben Meehan and Tom Homer’s late tries, before Worcester wing Tom Howe had the last word.

London Irish: Homer; Loader, Williams, Hepetema, Stokes; Jackson, Phipps; Elrington, Creevy, Chawatama, Nott, de Chaves, Rogerson (capt), Curtis-Harris, Tuisue

Replacements: Atkins, Goodrick-Clarke, Hoskins, Munga, Donnell, Meehan, Brophy Clews, Hassell-Collins

Worcester: Nanai; Howe, Venter, Beck, Heward; Weir, Hougaard; Waller, Annett, Schonert, Bresler, Kitchener, Hill (capt), Kvesic, du Preez.

Replacements: Cutting, Black, Palframan, Dodd, Lewis, Simpson, Searle, Lawrence.

Yellow cards: Curtis-Harris, Hepetema (Both London Irish)

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