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Live Reporting

By Steve Mather

All times stated are UK

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  1. Super proud Cowan salutes his team-mates

    FT: Wasps 26 - 29 London Irish

    London Irish's Blair Cowan says he is "super proud of the boys" in the post-match interviews and rightly so.

    Other than Bristol's big win on Friday, there's barely been anything between the rest of the opening weekend's fixtures, with just two or three points proving the difference.

    What a great way to start the Premiership season. We've had to wait for it this year, but it's been well worth it.

    Thanks for your company this afternoon, see you next week for more of the same.

  2. Post update

    FT: Wasps 26-29 London Irish

    London Irish celebrate

    Wasps really put Irish under pressure in that second half as they went in search of the win, but they defended stoutly and deserved their victory.

    The home side will probably look back at the opening stages of the second half when they started slowly after the break and gave themselves too much to do.

    Jack Willis was excellent for Wasps and the electric Zach Kibirige was unfortunate not to get a hat-trick, but Irish take the spoils.

    As a promoted side, you can't over emphasise the importance of getting points on the board early. That could prove vital later in the season.

  3. Full-time: Wasps 26-29 London Irish

    London Irish celebrate

    They've done it! A win in their opening game back in the Premiership for London Irish.

    It wasn't easy at the end as they lost possession with the clock about to turn red and had to defend for their lives but they did just that and can finally celebrate when Wasps cough the ball up.

    What a win for Irish.

    They're back with a bang!

  4. Post update

    Wasps 26-29 London Irish

    Irish do a great job of disrupting the Wasps driving maul and most importantly, secure possession with just seconds to go.

    That could be it for Wasps.

  5. Post update

    Wasps 26 - 29 London Irish

    A high tackle gives Wasps a chance to pump it forward – but they make a mess of the line-out and Irish have possession.

    But wait – is that ANOTHER turnover from Jack Willis?

    Yes it is – and Wasps have a final opportunity for the win as Jacob Umaga kicks deep into Irish territory.

  6. Post update

    Wasps 26-29 London Irish

    Irish have good attacking ball but Jack Willis secures another turnover - he's been brilliant.

    Just three minutes on the clock.

    Can Irish hang on or will Wasps nick it?

  7. Post update

    Wasps 26-29 London Irish

    Lovejoy Chawatama has just come on for Irish – he won Zimababwe Sports Personality of the Year in 2017.

    Not many people can say that can they.

    I wonder if he’s named after the 80s TV star.

    Either way, I'm a big fan already.

  8. Penalty: Wasps 26-29 London Irish

    Jacob Umaga

    Wasps continue to turn the screw and a high tackle from replacement prop Harry Elrington gives Jacob Umaga his first points with a penalty

    Just three points in it.

  9. Post update

    Wasps 23-29 London Irish

    Both sides starting to get reinforcements on as we approach the closing stages.

    Lima Sopoaga exits stage left to be replaced by Jacob Umaga - nephew of former All Black star Tana.

    It's finely poised - just how we like it.

  10. Try: Wasps 23-29 London Irish

    Dan Robson, con Lima Sopoaga

    Dan Robson scores for Wasps

    Wasps back in it.

    The home side have been hammering on the door and get their reward.

    After Irish's Ruan Botha was sent to the sin-bin moments before, Wasps keep their momentum and go through the phases.

    Suddenly, Dan Robson spots a gap and darts over and Lima Sopoaga converts.

  11. Post update

    Wasps 16-29 London Irish

    Close. Very close for Wasps.

    Lima Sopoaga sends over another crossfield bomb and Zach Kibirige takes this one and motors towards the line.

    But covering full-back Tom Parton stretches and makes a brilliant last-ditch challenge to put the wing in touch.

    Kibirige was millimetres away from his hat-trick.

  12. Post update

    Wasps 16-29 London Irish

    Controversial moment there.

    Wasps kick wide with penalty advantage in their pocket and Irish full-back Tom Parton slaps the ball down, preventing Zach Kibirige from claiming the ball - and his hat-trick.

    He wasn't really ever in a position to catch that.

    Has Parton got away with one there? Potential penalty try? No yellow card forthcoming.

  13. Post update

    Wasps 16-29 London Irish

    Things going from bad to worse for Wasps.

    Not going anywhere thanks to strong Irish defence, Marcus Watson puts boot to ball, but it goes out on the full and back we go.

    They need a bit of inspiration from somewhere quickly.

  14. Penalty: Wasps 16-29 London Irish

    Paddy Jackson

    Wasps are still in the changing rooms as they say.

    They're caught offside and JP Doyle signals for the penalty which Jackson sends over.

    London Irish are suddenly 13 points ahead.

    Can Wasps respond?

  15. Try: Wasps 16-26 London Irish

    Ollie Hassell-Collins, con Paddy Jackson

    Serious wheels from winger Ollie Hassell-Collins!

    Blair Cowan floats a long pass over the onrushing Wasps defenders who have all been attracted to the ball, leaving the Irish winger open.

    And there's nobody home for Wasps as he goes over unopposed.

    Great start to the half for the visitors.

    Ollie Hassell-Collins
  16. Kick-off: Wasps 16-19 London Irish

    Second-half under way at the Ricoh.

    It's finely poised and these teams look evenly matched today.

    Who will take the opening weekend spoils?

  17. World Cup semi-finalists decided

    HT: Wasps 16-19 London Irish

    Wales beat France

    In case you missed the action earlier today, we now know the full line-up for next weekend's World Cup semi-finals.

    Wales needed a late try from Ross Moriarty to overcome 14-man France after trailing throughout the game.

    And they will now face South Africa, who powered their way to a 26-3 victory over hosts Japan, on Sunday.

    England will meet New Zealand in Saturday's first semi-final following comprehensive wins over Australia and Ireland respectively yesterday.

  18. Premiership re-cap

    HT: Wasps 16-19 London Irish

    It's been a compelling weekend of Premiership rugby already, which started with Bristol running in seven tries on Friday to thump Bath.

    Northampton win at Saracens

    But the drama did not end there as in Saturday's four games James Grayson's last-minute penalty earned Northampton victory at champions Saracens.

    There were also home victories for Exeter and Worcester, while Gloucester battled back from 13-0 down to win at Sale.

  19. Half-time: Wasps 16-19 London Irish

    Zach Kibirige scores for Wasps

    As the score suggests, it's been an even contest with both sides showing quality in attack but neither holding the upper hand for an extended period.

    Jack Willis has been a turnover machine for the home side and Zach Kibirige grabbed a couple of tries for his highlights reel.

    For Irish, they look slick with ball in hand and Number 8 Albert Tuisue looks a real handful.

    Paddy Jackson's penalty after that late James Gaskell infringement sees the visitors take a slender lead into the changing rooms.

  20. Penalty: Wasps 16-19 London Irish

    Paddy Jackson

    Wasps just have to keep the ball for another 20 seconds and it's half-time but James Gaskell holds onto the ball on the ground, to give Paddy Jackson an opportunity to put Irish up at the break.

    He accepts the gift and that will be incredibly frustrating for the Wasps management.