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Irish break cup duck

London Irish collected their first LV= Cup win of the season by convincingly defeating the current holders Northampton 37-20 in an entertaining game at the Madejski Stadium.

Irish fielded a much stronger side than Saints, with the home line-up containing around half of their first-choice XV, and the selection paid dividends.

Even allowing for a very slow start, Irish were always the more powerful and penetrative side. Hooker Brian Blaney starred with his first two tries for the club before stint in the sin bin for deliberate offside. George Stowers, Steffon Armitage and Daniel Bowden also breached the Saints line.

Victory kept alive their remote hopes of qualification for the semi-finals, with Northampton's progress hinging on them defeating Leeds at Franklin's Gardens next week and hoping other results go in their favour.

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