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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."
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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