London Irish 42-42 Wasps Henry Arundell ignites four-try recovery, as Exiles rise From the Dead
Henry Arundell, rugby’s latest boy wonder, came off the bench to spark a sensational London Irish comeback and leave Wasps red-faced.
The uncapped teenager, which is eligible for England, Scotland and Wales, was brought into the fray by Irish down 39-14 in the last 15 minutes.
Eddie Jones, England’s boss, was watching as the fullback made his first touch and went on to inspire an incredible four-try finish.
“Pretty good, isn’t he,”Lee Blackett is the Wasps’ boss. “He came on and made big difference. We’re gutted. This feels like a big loss.”
There was little sign of what was to come when Zach Kibirige scored Wasps’ fifth try to leave Irish reeling from conceding 32 unanswered points.
Tom Pearson attempted a second try, but it was not enough to win the race to the ball. Arundell then chipped in the Wasps defense and won the race.
He scored two goals in midweek when the Exiles beat Leicester in the Premiership Cup final. Before that, he had played for England Under-20s and scored four in the Six Nations.
Jones was attracted to Brentford Community Stadium by such a form, with the Australian considering taking Jones on tour Down Under one year after the World Cup.
Arundell is also in Scotland and must make a decision. His stock rose in the final moments of his life as he gave Ollie Hassell Collins a score pass.
Irish had just one point. When they were given a penalty at the buzzer, they kicked to a corner and mangled the ball to the line. Joe Launchbury took the penalty to end the match-tying penalty.
Arundell won the match as the player of choice by broadcasters BT Sport. This was a first in Premiership history.
Declan Kidney, Irish boss, was careful not to get too excited about his academy starlet. However, he is wisely protecting her during the early stages his career.
“There is definitely interest [from England] but Henry is the first to know there are parts of his game he needs to work on,”Kidney stated.
“What you don’t want him to do is get one or two caps, isn’t it better if he gets in there as the full package?
“I am sure the powers that be will do the right thing around the lad because he has got talent.
“He has carried himself very well so far and if he continues to do that I have no doubt those type of doors will open.”
IRISH – Tries: Rowe, Parton, Pearson, Arundell, Hassell-Collins, penalty. Cons: Jackson 5.
WASPS – Tries: Oghre, Hougaard 2, Atkinson, Kibirige. Cons: Gopperth 4. Pens: Gopperth 2, Umaga.