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Booth: Exiles finding form
Forwards coach predicts London Irish revival
London Irish forwards coach Toby Booth felt the 15-10 win over Gloucester provided proof of the Exiles' play-off credentials.
Guinness Premiership leaders Gloucester entered the game with a perfect record from five matches, but came off second best from a tough battle at the Madejski Stadium.
Argentinean winger Tomas de Vedia scored both of the Exiles' tries, sealing the result with his second nine minutes from full-time.
Booth believes the victory provides a starting point for London Irish to move up the table from their current position of fourth bottom.
"In previous games we've looked edgy. This week it was all about the performance," said Booth.
"If you start putting pressure on to players to win at all costs, you start making a rod for your own back - you're playing relegation rugby before you need to.
"We believe we're a top four side. We've underachieved and we're all very aware of that and today you saw glimpses of rugby that London Irish wants to be associated with."
Gloucester head coach Dean Ryan was left frustrated by referee Sean Davey's interpretation at the breakdown.
"It was a game in which we didn't do a huge amount wrong overall, we just didn't get the front foot ball and didn't get moving into phases," said Ryan.
"We don't control all the factors which allow that to happen and when those are removed from the game, it becomes very tight with no opportunities to score and that's what we saw today.
"I'm being told that the breakdown is going to be tidy and the offside line is going to be adhered to and we're going to see the ball in play. Today I didn't see it that way."
But Booth disagreed, adding: "You can still control the breakdown. I thought they had the rub of the green at the breakdown. They slowed the breakdowns and made it messy.
"If they're saying they didn't have quick ball you have to make adjustments accordingly.
"We controlled the game better. On the back of a couple of losses you take a victory however they come."
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|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
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|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th March|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
|Saturday 11th April|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Sunday 12th April|
|14:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Sale|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Wasps 32 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Exeter 16 - 6 Bath|
|Saracens 22 - 17 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 28 - 8 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 12 - 50 London Irish|
|Friday 27th February|
|Northampton 17 - 13 Harlequins|
|Sunday 22nd February|
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|Saturday 21st February|
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|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
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|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
|Northampton 15 - 9 London Irish|
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