London Irish (14) 30
- Tries: Geraghty, Yarde
- Con: Homer
- Pens: Homer 6
Wasps (16) 19
- Try: Wade
- Con: Jones
- Pens: Jones 4
Tom Homer kicked 20 points as London Irish moved five points clear of basement club Sale by beating Wasps.
Shane Geraghty went over as Irish opened up an 11-3 lead but the visitors hit back, helped by Christian Wade's try, to lead 16-14 at half-time.
The hosts were reduced to 14 when Chris Hala'ufia was penalised for an elbow.
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London Irish director of rugby
“We are giantkillers at home but in the summer we'll have to work out what's holding us back on the road”
But Homer's accuracy with the boot helped turn the deficit around, while Marland Yarde finished off a fantastic move for the home side's second try.
Irish went into the game on the back of last week's heavy
40-16 defeat by Bath,
narrowly beat Gloucester.
Homer's first attempt at goal rebounded off a post, but the full-back made no mistake minutes later with an easier opportunity.
The hosts thought they had scored the game's first try but were denied following a review by the TMO.
Homer and Stephen Jones then exchanged penalties as Irish opened up a 6-3 lead.
Ian Humphreys' quickly-taken penalty saw Geraghty force himself over for a 24th-minute try to put Irish in the driving seat, but Wasps then scored 13 points without reply to take control of the game.
Jones landed two penalties in five minutes and then added a conversion as Wade went over for the visitors in the corner.
Homer's penalty two minutes before the break reduced Wasps' lead to two points at half-time.
Hala'ufia was shown a yellow card for an elbow to reduce the home side to 14 a minute after the break, and the visitors initially took advantage as Jones successfully kicked a fourth penalty.
But Homer responded with his fourth penalty, before Hala'ufia was part of a fantastically-worked try which saw Yarde go over to put Irish in front.
Homer added the extras and then two penalties to put the hosts into an 11-point lead, which Wasps were never able to reduce.
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London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith:
"I'm delighted to get the win as we felt we needed to win all our home games.
"We've beaten Saracens and Wasps at home and we have three more against the bottom sides to go. We hope to win them and scrounge whatever we can away.
"We are giantkillers at home but in the summer we'll have to work out what's holding us back on the road."
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young:
"We were never in control of that game. In the first half they dominated but we took our one opportunity to score to lead at the interval.
"After that we were looking to gain footholds in the Irish half but they prevented us from doing so.
"After two hard games we had to patch up the boys during the week and we lacked our usual sparkle and edge."
Homer; Ojo, Armitage, Geraghty, Yarde; Humphreys, Phibbs; Lahiff, Lawson, Aulika; Skivington, Evans (capt); Garvey, Treviranus, Hala'ufia.
Tagicakibau for Geraghty (59), Moates for Phibbs (66), Yanuyanutawa for Lahiff (74), Halavatau for Aulika (69), Low for Skivington (71), Fisher for Garvey (59), Gibson for Treviranus (67). Not Used: McGregor.
Southwell (capt); Wade, Daly, Bell, Varndell; St. Jones, Simpson; Taulafo, R. Thomas, Taylor; Cannon, Wentzel; Johnson, Poff, Sa. Jones.
Hayter for Southwell (69), Davies for Wade (66), N. Robinson for S. Jones (62), McIntyre for Taulafo (63), Lindsay for R. Thomas (69), Romano for Taylor (69), Everard for S. Jones (66). Not Used: Rae.
Tim Wigglesworth (RFU).