Greene King IPA Championship: Stories from the weekend

As the season comes to an end, the table is set and play-off opponents confirmed. Here is how the weekend's Greene King IPA Championship action panned out.

Irish win ahead of Knights last-four rematch

League leaders London Irish will face a rematch against Doncaster Knights in the Greene King IPA Championship semi-finals after beating the South Yorkshire outfit 22-5.  

Irish have lost just one of their 20 games in the regular season and will be aiming to make an immediate return to the Aviva Premiership over the coming weeks.  

On Saturday, a try on the stroke of half-time from Alex Lewington proved crucial, his fifth try in his last six games since returning from injury.  

A penalty try three minutes after the break extended Irish's lead before Brendan McKibbin's score put the Exiles in control at 22-0 after just 50 minutes.  

Tyson Lewis managed a late consolation for the Knights but it proved too little too late.

Carnegie power to confidence-boosting success

Yorkshire Carnegie earned a morale-boosting 33-20 win against their own last-four opponents Ealing Trailfinders running in five tries in the process.  

Richard Beck and James Thraves put Carnegie ahead but the Trailfinders earned a penalty try just before the break to make the score 14-10.  

Hooker Matt Beesley then scored his first try for the club before Chris Elder fed Andy Forsyth for Carnegie's bonus point score. Mike Mayhew's try extended the home side's advantage.  

Carnegie were assured of a second place finish prior to kick-off and it was the visitors who had the final say as Will Ryan dived over in the final minute.  

Dorrian ends Bedford career in style  

Myles Dorrian converted his own last-minute try in his final appearance for the Bedford Blues to earn his side a thrilling 40-40 draw with Cornish Pirates in Penzance. 

Dan George dotted down from a driving maul to give the Blues the lead but Tom Duncan's converted score had the sides level at 7-7 after 10 minutes.  

Further home scores from Alex Day and Jack Arnott then handed the Pirates the initiative and despite George's second, Duncan sealed his hat-trick with tries either side of half-time.  

Josh Buggea and Dorrian brought the Blues back into it but Alex O'Meara's try looked to have sealed the points for the hosts with 10 minutes remaining.  

Piers O'Conor gave the visitors some hope before Dorrian earned the Blues a share of the spoils with the 12th try of the afternoon.  

Jersey seal highest ever league finish

Jersey Reds earned the club's highest ever Greene King IPA Championship finish after sealing fifth spot with a 28-17 victory over Richmond.  

An interception for Ross Adair proved to be the decisive blow against a battling Richmond side who finished the season in tenth, four points ahead of Rotherham Titans.  

The Reds made 15 changes for the final league game of the season with head coach Harvey Biljon clearly keeping half an eye on Friday's British & Irish Cup Final against Munster A.  

Adam Peters' try had put Richmond ahead but Uili Kolo'ofa'i then ran in uncontested before the Reds took the lead for the first time when Max Argyle dotted down for 14-7.  

Cameron Mitchell reduced the deficit to two points before Lewis Robling got the bonus point try and Ali Chisholm's try ensured a nervy final few minutes until Adair's score. 

Eight is great for Nottingham

Nottingham scored eight tries to finish the season in style with a 46-19 success over London Scottish with James Stephenson scoring a hat-trick.  

Ben Hooper also got a pair of tries while TJ Harris, Billy Robinson and Charlie Thacker all getting scores as Nottingham collected 40 or more points for the second straight weekend. 

The visitors were 24-0 ahead before Peter Lydon collected his own kick on the right wing to dot down in the corner for Scottish. 

Jason Harries added two more tries in the second half as full-back Lydon knocked over both conversions. 

 


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