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- 9th Feb 2013
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Madejski Stadium
- Att: 9,245
Aviva Premiership: Brian Smith praises his London Irish side after win over Saracens
We are looking ahead and are aiming at 16 points from our last eight games with five of those at home. However we must not look too far ahead.
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London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith has set his side a target of 16 points from their last eight league games as they fight for Aviva Premiership survival.
The Exiles secured an important 29-16 victory over third-placed Saracens at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday with tries from Shane Geraghty and Ofisa Treviranus and 19 points from the boot of Tom Homer.
Smith's side remain five points ahead of bottom club Sale, who beat Exeter Chiefs on Friday night, and the director of rugby believes London Irish will need a significant points haul in the remaining weeks of the season to protect their top-flight status.
"I didn't watch last night's game as I couldn't - it would have given me too many butterflies," said Smith. "I checked the result but didn't refer to it once when speaking to the boys.
"We are looking ahead and are aiming at 16 points from our last eight games with five of those at home. However we must not look too far ahead."
He added: "The boys really stepped to the plate today. It was a very physical encounter and we were very strong in defence.
"It was a ding-dong battle and neither side were too far ahead in any area of the game.
"Up front the boys probably edged it and put the squeeze on the Saracens especially in their own 22."
Smith's Saracens counterpart, Mark McCall, accepted his side were second best saying: "We were well beaten today with full credit to Irish, as they put us under a lot of pressure.
"I am very disappointed that when we were chasing the game there was a lot of poor decision making. We had a good team out and didn't lack effort but there were too many mistakes and poor choices.
"There were few positives to take from the game, David Strettle was very busy and scored our try and our young loosehead Nick Auterac performed with credit but little else.
"However we don't have many bad performances and have a good record with 19 wins from 24 games this season."Aviva Premiership. Click here to bet.
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle Falcons 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester Tigers 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle Falcons 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle Falcons|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale Sharks 18 - 11 Exeter|
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