Exiles lead way as London sides thrive

LONDON IRISH capped a magnificent day for teams from the capital with a 12-11 win away to defending LV= Cup champions Cardiff Blues.<br />Replacement Ryan Lamb kicked a penalty five minutes from time to condemn Cardiff to their first defeat in the competition for eight games and more importantly <br />earn the Exiles&rsquo; their first victory in the competition this season.<br /><br />Former London Irish scrum-half Richie Rees thought his try had won it until Lamb stole the victory with a 30-metre kick.<br /><br />Ceri Sweeney missed a golden opportunity in injury time, failing to convert a long-range penalty and gifting the visitors their first win over the Blues in Cardiff.<br /><br />Elsewhere, Wasps continued their dominant form in the competition with a 21-14 victory over struggling Gloucester.<br /><br />Wasps were in trouble after Freddie Burns converted two of his own tries to put the visitors 14-3 ahead but hit back when Joe Simpson came off the bench.<br /><br />Tom Varndell went over before the scrum-half himself scored a try and Dave Walder sealed the win with two penalties.<br /><br />Afterwards Gloucester head coach Bryan Redpath blasted his players for not following his instructions.<br /><br />&ldquo;We are cutting our own throats with poor decisions and mistakes. I can&rsquo;t fault the desire or the work ethic,&rdquo; said Redpath. <br /><br />&ldquo;But we could help ourselves by sticking to what we set out to do. We try to become too positive when we need to start off a bit negative to create a foundation.&rdquo; <br /><br />Rory Clegg starred for Harlequins as they claimed their first win of the competition, beating Newcastle 19-8 at Kingston Park.<br /><br />Clegg made his former side pay for their indiscipline, kicking 14 points. Sam Smith scored Quins&rsquo; only try on the half-hour but with Clegg in prolific form with the boot, the visitors were always in control.<br /><br />Matthew Tait scored a late consolation but Harlequins held on.