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Aviva Premiership: Comfortable win over Worcester delights London Irish boss
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.
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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.
"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."
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 7th March|
|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|
|15:00||Newcastle Falcons vs Leicester Tigers|
|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|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|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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