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London Irish and Krasny Yar meet on Saturday at the Madejski Stadium, with both sides needing a win if they are to have any chance of progressing out of Challenge Cup Pool 4. London Irish have lost their last three games at the Madejski Stadium, their worst run at home in the Challenge Cup.
· Krasny Yar are one of four sides with a 100% scrum success rate this season, however only Oyonnax (75%) have a lower lineout success rate than the Russians (79%).
· London Irish have converted just 57% of their kicks at goal this season, the lowest rate of any side.
· This will be the first meeting between the clubs. Krasny Yar will be the 35th different side London Irish have faced in the Challenge Cup.
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London Irish collected a morale-boosting 47-17 bonus-point win over Russian side Krasny Yar courtesy of a thrilling second-half display at the Madejski Stadium in Pool 4 of the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
- Theo Brophy-Clews was the star of the show with four second-half tries, while Ben Loader, Lovejoy Chawatama and Joe Cokanasiga also got in on the action as London Irish came from 10-7 down at the break to claim a sensational second win in the pool stages.
- The Exiles, who have lost 12 Premiership games in succession, appeared to be under pressure early on as Giorgi Pruidze scored the opening try for Krasny Yar in the seventh minute, with Lasha Malaguradze adding the extras for the visitors.
- Loader set the Reading crowd alight with a first London Irish try on 11 minutes and Tommy Bell’s conversion drew the scores level, only for Malaguradze to give the visitors a slender lead at the break through a penalty kick.
- Then began the Brophy-Clews masterclass began as the centre raced in a brace of tries in 10 minutes, before replacement prop Chawatama got in on the act.
- Brophy-Clews added another two scores in a five-minute period, with replacement back Cokanasiga chipping in between his second brace, only for Sunia Latu to have the final say with a consolation try for Krasny Yar.
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