Oct 19, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Madejski Stadium
London Irish
70-14
RovigoRovigo
Ojo (5', 31', 39'), Dorrian (25'), Griffin (42'), Halavatau (57'), Low (61'), Guest (65'), Leo (78'), Short (80')
FT
Mahoney (48'), de Marchi (80')

Result: London Irish thrash Rovigo in one-sided Challenge Cup encounter

London Irish kick off their European Challenge Cup campaign with a comprehensive 10-try victory over Rovigo at the Madejski Stadium this afternoon.

A hat-trick of first-half tries from Topsy Ojo paved the way for London Irish to record a convincing 70-14 victory against Rovigo in their opening European Challenge Cup match this afternoon.

The winger crossed over three times for his team in a one-sided affair at the Madejski Stadium, while Myles Dorrian also added to the hosts' scoring in the opening 40 minutes.

Stefan Basson of Rovigo fails to stop Topsy Ojo of London Irish from scoring a try during the European Rugby Challenge Cup match between London Irish and Rovigo at Madejski Stadium on October 19, 2014© Getty Images

Dorrian was also on hand to successfully kick over five times before the interval, and matters got even worse for the Italian outfit two minutes after the restart when Eoin Griffin touched down to extend Irish's advantage.

Luke Mahoney provided some respite on 48 minutes when he found Rovigo's first try of the contest, although there was still plenty of time for the Exiles to move back up through the gears.

Three tries in eight minutes from Leo Halavatau, Kieran Low and Tom Guest saw Irish open up their hefty lead once more, with Dorrian maintaining his perfect conversation rate.

Daniel Leo and James Short added two more tries late on to take the tally up to 10 for the hosts, although Andrea de Marchi did manage to reduce the deficit fractionally crossing over at the death.

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