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Bonus blues for Exiles
London Irish chief rues missed chances
London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith was left to rue missed opportunities as his side failed to pick up a bonus point against Newcastle.
First-half tries from Faan Rautembach and Paul Hodgson had helped the Exiles into a 16-0 lead at the break, however London Irish could only added a penalty to their tally in the second half.
And although Smith was pleased with is side's performance, he was left wondering what could have been.
He said: "The changing room is happy for the win, but we are a bit disappointed because, after coming in with two tries at half-time, we thought there might have been the chance to get a four-try bonus point.
"I thought it was an outstanding forward performance, they really did the job on Newcastle in the scrum and the lineout.
"But I wouldn't think too many of the backs were happy with that performance. Our boys are better than that and we expect more from them."
Newcastle chief John Fletcher offered no excuses in defeat admitting the better side had won.
He said: "They comprehensively beat us and deserved the win. We were lucky it was only 19.
"That was a disappointing performance, especially in the first half.
"We just didn't play well, we let them get into the lead and then they closed the game out.
"It isn't a lack of effort, it's a lack of composure and if we play like that against Harlequins next week they will beat us.
"We have two massive home matches coming up and it's important that we get something from them."
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|Friday 24th April|
|19:45||Bath vs London Irish|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale Sharks vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle Falcons|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Northampton vs Saracens|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Friday 8th May|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Bath|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Irish|
|15:15||Wasps vs Leicester Tigers|
|Sunday 10th May|
|14:00||Saracens vs Exeter|
|Saturday 16th May|
|15:30||Exeter vs Sale|
|15:30||Leicester vs Northampton|
|15:30||Bath vs Gloucester|
|15:30||Newcastle vs Harlequins|
|15:30||London Irish vs Wasps|
|15:30||London Welsh vs Saracens|
|Sunday 12th April|
|London Irish 25 - 23 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 13 - 40 Wasps|
|Exeter 21 - 10 Northampton|
|Saturday 11th April|
|Saracens 22 - 6 Leicester Tigers|
|Harlequins 29 - 26 Gloucester|
|Friday 10th April|
|Newcastle Falcons 19 - 29 Bath|
|Sunday 29th March|
|London Welsh 14 - 29 Bath|
|Sale Sharks 23 - 6 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th March|
|Saracens 42 - 14 Harlequins|
|London Irish 22 - 21 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 25 - 18 Exeter|
|Friday 27th March|
|Northampton 52 - 30 Wasps|
|Sunday 8th March|
|Newcastle Falcons 12 - 16 Leicester Tigers|
|Wasps 17 - 26 Saracens|
|Saturday 7th March|
|Gloucester 33 - 33 Northampton|
|Exeter 74 - 19 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 26 - 20 London Irish|
|Friday 6th March|
|Bath 12 - 3 Sale Sharks|
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