Ojo feared London Irish bonus point would be ruled outBy Alan Manicom
September 08, 2010
Topsy Ojo feared that his last-gasp bonus-point try for London Irish in Saturday’s 33-16 win over Saracens was going to be disallowed.
The Exiles wing was not sure whether the ball had been knocked on by team-mate Declan Danaher before he had the chance to control it and touch down.
Ojo and Danaher were left completely unchallenged on the right wing when fly-half Ryan Lamb found them with a trademark long pass which bounced invitingly in front of them.
And Ojo said: “I’ve heard that it came off Declan’s foot. The way the ball was bouncing I thought it was going to go out so I wanted to get hold of it quickly.
“I was looking at the ref and he didn’t make any call for a knock-on or anything so happy days, bonus point.”
The Exiles wing had earlier been denied a try when he was barged by Kevin Barrett as he attempted to touch down after kicking the ball and chasing on from the halfway line.
On that occasion referee Andrew Small awarded a penalty try.
Ojo confirmed: “I was pulled back early on and then pushed at the end. We got the try and it was job done but I was gutted that I won’t be credited for it.
“At least I managed to get my name on the scoresheet at the end.”
Ojo has been a revelation in pre-season, scoring against Newport Gwent Dragons and Edinburgh and he was again in fine form for Irish’s Aviva Premiership opener at Twickenham.
He said: “I’d scored tries in the previous two games so it was nice to carry that on into the league. I’m hoping to continue that form now.”
The England international has set himself only modest targets, though, after struggling with a serious knee injury for the last couple of seasons.
He said: “I’ve benefitted from my first full pre-season in what seems like forever. In the past I’ve either been touring or been injured so I’ve had that time with Irish to focus and get everything sorted.
“When you’re out for so long you don’t want to lose any speed or agility. I’ve worked really hard to get back to where I was. My goal now is to get through the first six games, play well and stay fit.
“I can’t look any further than that because of what I’ve been through. If I keep playing well and keep scoring then my goals will progress. Eventually I would like to be up there with the top scorers at our club.”