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Barkley boots Bath to victory

Olly Barkley condemned London Irish to a demoralising ninth successive defeat in all competitions after a dramatic finale gave Bath a 25-24 win at the Madejski Stadium.

Bath, 17-6 down just before half-time, claimed their first Aviva Premiership win since late September when Barkley struck gold with the game's final kick.

The England international's sixth penalty - added to a conversion of scrum-half Michael Claassens' try - gave him 20 points and left Irish in shock.

Wing Topsy Ojo's seventh league try of the season looked to have settled a nervy, fractious affair, his effort following earlier touchdowns by Sailosi Tagicakibau and Richard Thorpe.

Bath fought back to lead by two points when Claassens crossed midway through the second period, but they had to wait until the last minute for the chance to kill Irish off.

It came after Irish flanker Steffon Armitage collapsed a maul, and Barkley calmly stepped up to claim the points and leave Irish with the scant consolation of a losing bonus.

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