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- Aviva Premiership
- 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.
Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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