LONDON Irish put in a great performance to earn a 45-31 European Challenge Cup home win against Bayonne, running in seven tries despite the horrendous conditions.

The hosts pack were again in fine form with skipper Franco van der Merwe leading the way, and Paddy Jackson also played very well at fly-half.

Declan Kidney's men are back in Gallagher Premiership action this Sunday when they visit early leaders Bristol Bears, but fingers crossed they can grab another victory.

Rams got back to winning ways with a fine 48-22 success at Canterbury and I am sure Seb Reynolds would have been happy with that result.

Having lost their unbeaten home record the week before, it was an important result which lifts them up to third in the National One standings.

On Saturday they host table-toppers Rosslyn Park in what could be an absolute cracker.

My boys Reading put in another big performance with an 84-0 Southern Counties North win at home to Chesham.

We're up to sixth place, in fine form and this was an outstanding all-round team performance.

A special mention must go to Chris Greig, whose five tries took him past the 100-mark for the club in just 174 games – a new record for the club.

New scrum-half has Callum Cload has also hit the ground running and he grabbed another four tries to go with his hat-trick last week.

After three fantastic performances we've got a well-deserved week off, but we'll hope to continue our good run at Didcot the following Saturday.

I must also add our ladies, the Kites, are on a great winning run and they crushed Millwall 50-5 on Sunday they are currently second in the South East North One table.

Struggling Reading Abbey lost 34-27 to Bicester, but they put in a brave effort to comeback from 31-8 down to register a losing bonus-point along with one for scoring four tries.

A big plus for the Rosehill side was the sight of Will Woodward returning to action – he'll be a big player for them in the weeks to come.

Abbey also have a week off before playing Chesham.

Lastly, Berkshire Shire Hall continued their great run with an 84-0 rout of Slough 2nds, so well done to them.