LONDON Irish made it back-to-back away Gallagher Premiership wins for the first time since September 2014 with a terrific 29-15 bonus-point success in their derby at Harlequins.

With the wind at their backs for the opening 40 minutes at the Stoop, Exiles made the perfect start when flanker Matt Rogerson cut inside from the right to slide over for a fifth-minute try, the ever-reliable Stephen Myler adding the extras to make it 7-0.

A Marcus Smith penalty reduced the arrears, but Irish grabbed their second try towards the end of the first quarter when a superb break from scrum-half Ben Meehan allowed fellow Australian Curtis Rona to cross the whitewash under the posts.

Myler made no mistake with the conversion, although Declan Kidney’s side were then given a let-off when Harlequins had a Ross Chisholm try disallowed by the TMO for obstruction in the build-up.

Irish continued to kick accurately to gain solid field position as Storm Dennis made conditions tricky, and they extended their advantage to 14 points four minutes from the interval when Myler knocked over a penalty.

Harlequins started the second period strongly, however, and it required good work on separate occasions from Harry Elrington and Albert Tuisue to disrupt the hosts from scoring.

They did, though, collect the first points of the second half when powerful No. 8 Alex Dombrandt blasted his way over, Smith knocking over the conversion to cut the deficit to seven points.

The vital moment arrived just after the hour-mark, however, with Rona charging down a kick before showing his pace to touch the ball down for his side’s third try. Myler converted and Exiles led 24-10.

Harlequins would not go down without a fight, though, and they gave themselves a glimmer of hope when Cadan Murley was set-up by Dombrandt to cross in the corner with five minutes remaining.

However, it was the visitors who had the final say as they collected the bonus-point just before the final whistle, a powerful rolling maul ending with prop Ollie Hoskins dotting down for the score. Myler was unable to add the extras, but it was job done for Exiles.

The result lifts London Irish to eighth in the table ahead of their return to Madejski Stadium against Gloucester next Saturday (3pm).