Irish international Tomas O'Leary was sent off for London Irish today as they claimed an away victory at Wasps in Adams Park.
A late Shane Geraghty sealed victory for 14 man Irish who played the final half hour with the numerical disadvantage.
The former Munster scrum half saw red after 52 minutes for a stamp on Wasps forward James Haskell at an Exiles ruck. Referee Tim Wigglesworth showed no hesitation in flashing the card for ‘use of boot’.
The Exiles trailed 17-8 at the break, with former Ulster out-half Ian Humphries diving over for their try.
Wasps had the momentum when Joe Carlisle made in 20-20 with 12 minutes to play but Brian Smith’s forwards found it within themselves for on last rally. They worked patiently through the phases and made enough ground for Geraghty to pop over the game-winner.
The win practically assures the Exiles of top-flight rugby next season.