LONDON Irish bowed out of the European Challenge Cup following a 33-14 defeat to Scarlets at Madejski Stadium on Saturday night.

Exiles lost five of their six matches in Pool Two, and already knew before the match they could not progress coming into their final match of the tournament.

Meanwhile, Scarlets knew a bonus-point win would see them through to the quarter-finals.

Irish were 7-0 up after 20 minutes following a try from Albert Tuisue and the following conversion from Stephen Myler.

However, Leigh Halfpenny levelled the scores shortly after following a Corey Baldwin try as he added the extras.

The Welsh side scored two more tries before the break, through Dan Jones and Kieran Hardy, both of which were converted by Welsh international Halfpenny.

Saia Fainga’a was sin-binned for Declan Kidney’s side just after half-time after giving away a penalty on his try line.

Through this Scarlets gained a penalty try – and their bonus point.

Steff Evans scored their final try before Tuisue scored his second try to give the home crowd something positive to take with them.

London Irish travel to Franklin’s Gardens to face Northampton Saints in the Gallagher Premiership on Friday (7.45pm).