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  • Penalty goals: Goode (2),
  • Aviva Premiership
  • 23rd Mar 2013
  • KO 15:00
  • Ground: Madejski Stadium
  • Att: 19,523

Aviva Premiership: Comfortable win over Worcester delights London Irish boss

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Aviva Premiership: Comfortable win over Worcester delights London Irish boss

Brian Smith: Praised dominant London Irish forwards

We've got four games remaining now and we've not been looking over our shoulder all season. We are a real handful at home and if we can win those last four games, there's no reason why we can't finish as high as eighth.

Brian Smith
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London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith was full of praise for his pack as the Exiles beat Worcester 26-6 to earn a key victory in their battle for Premiership survival.

All their tries came from the driving line-out and Smith's side now enjoy a 10-point cushion over bottom club London Welsh and a five-point advantage over 11th-placed Sale.

London Irish still have to play those two clubs at home in their remaining four fixtures of the season to leave Smith in confident mood.

"I'm delighted with the performance today. For our forwards, it was their best of the season, especially coming after being routed up at Northampton," he said.

"We've got four games remaining now and we've not been looking over our shoulder all season.

"We are a real handful at home and if we can win those last four games, there's no reason why we can't finish as high as eighth."

Irish assistant coach Glenn Delaney was also pleased with the work put in by his charges.

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"We tried to set a platform up front which we did, but I was more pleased with the way we dug in at the end to defend our line," he said.

"It was disappointing not to get a bonus point but in the final quarter we couldn't get into the right areas to enable us to do."

In contrast, Worcester director of rugby Richard Hill was disappointed with the fighting spirit shown by his players.

"On a cold and wet day like this you need your forwards to take control," said Hill.

"They didn't and we had no answers to their driving maul with their half-backs kicking far more accurately than ours."

Worcester never looked like scoring a try, despite dominating large periods of the contest, which also disappointed Hill.

"We had numerous opportunities five metres from their try-line but failed to take any of them. They had probably fewer chances than us but were clinical in taking them," he added.

"At home we are a completely different side but we are working hard to final a solution to the problem with our away form.

"I'm sorry for our supporters but we've tried almost everything and are finding it a difficult problem to crack."

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Friday 26th December
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15:00London Irish vs London Welsh
Saturday 27th December
14:00Bath vs Exeter
14:00Sale Sharks vs Leicester Tigers
15:00Newcastle Falcons vs Saracens
16:30Harlequins vs Northampton
Sunday 28th December
14:30Gloucester vs Wasps
Friday 2nd January
19:45Northampton vs Newcastle Falcons
Saturday 3rd January
14:00Saracens vs London Irish
16:30Exeter vs Gloucester
Sunday 4th January
14:00Wasps vs Sale
14:00Leicester Tigers vs Bath
14:30London Welsh vs Harlequins
Friday 9th January
19:45Gloucester vs Saracens
Saturday 10th January
14:00Sale vs Northampton
15:00Bath vs Wasps
15:15Harlequins vs Leicester Tigers
Sunday 11th January
14:00Newcastle Falcons vs London Welsh
15:00London Irish vs Exeter
Saturday 14th February
15:00Leicester vs Gloucester
15:00Northampton vs London Irish
15:00Exeter vs Newcastle
Sunday 15th February
14:00Wasps vs Harlequins
14:30London Welsh vs Sale
15:00Saracens vs Bath
Friday 20th February
20:00Newcastle vs Wasps

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