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CHERRY 'N' FRIGHTS; ROUND 13 OF THE PREM RUGBY UNION: ALL THE ACTION FROM ADAMS PK, LIVE ON SKY SPORTS 1 FRIDAY NIGHT THIS AFTERNOON: ALL GAMES KICK OFF AT 3PM LONDON WASPS v BATH, 3PM AT Hosts have a shocker, by George!

Byline: TONY ROCHE sport@sundaymirror.co.uk

GLOUCESTER 12 LONDON IRISH 18 LONDON IRISH stunned Kingsholm with a deserved win that boosts their survival hopes - and dumped Gloucester out of the top four.

Lock George Skivington scored two tries and rugby director Brian Smith said: "We came here in the Cup last month and played some kids to keep the seniors fresh, but it got messy and we lost 47-3. "But we've earned a reward for effort and showing character."

Gloucester rugby director Nigel Davies admitted: "That, without question, was our worst performance of the season on two fronts.

"Emotionally we didn't turn up, and we made far too many errors. I take full responsibility and it won't happen again."

The day did not start well for Irish when England prop Alex Corbisiero failed a fitness test on his troublesome knee and missed another key game. Max Lahiff came in at loosehead.

For stats' lovers, this game had some belters. The Cherry and Whites were unbeaten at Kingsholm since September 1 last year, Irish with only one Premiership win away from home in 15 months.

And it got worse for Irish when Burns fired the hosts ahead with a third-minute penalty.

For the rest of the half, however, Irish belied their relegation struggles, and should have been 6-3 ahead by the end of the first quarter. Steven Shingler equalised off the tee on 12 minutes - and saw an 18th-minute penalty attempt crash back off the woodwork.

But Irish were in front after 23 minutes, and worth it in spades.

Tom Homer's break, followed by some well-crafted phases, led to a Marland Yarde carry and a ruck, from which Skivington forced the ball over the line. Shingler's conversion attempt failed. Burns then missed an opportunity to reduce the arrears when his 31st-minute penalty attempt from near halfway faded just short of the posts.

He made amends four minutes from the break, belting home a goal after Irish had been marched back 10 metres by referee David Rose when prop Halani Aulika voiced his displeasure at a decision given against him.

Gloucester's joy was shortlived. Shane Monahan, who scored four tries against Irish in their last meeting, gifted them their second in the 39th minute.

The wing fumbled and regathered only to fumble again when tackled by Pat Phibbs - and Skivington snapped up the loose ball to score. Shingler added the extras.

Irish carried on taking their game to Gloucester after the break, and when Burns did get a chance to rein in some points, his 50th-minute penalty was a hopeless hook.

The fly-half England, who will be promoted to their EPS squad on Wednesday, got the crowd back on side on 58 minutes with two goals in four minutes as Gloucester made serious inroads into the Irish 22.

But when Tom Homer hoofed home on 71 minutes, Kingsholm sensed the worst. And that arrived when Will James was sin-binned two minutes from time after a touchline flare-up.

GLOUCESTER: Pens: Burns (4) LONDON IRISH: Tries: Skivington (2), Con: Shingler, Pens: Shingler, Homer.

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