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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."

Forthcoming Aviva Premiership Fixtures
TimeFixture
Aviva Premiership
Friday 19th September
Aviva Premiership
19:45Gloucester vs Exeter
Saturday 20th September
14:00Sale vs London Welsh
15:00Harlequins vs Wasps
15:00London Irish vs Saracens
15:15Bath vs Leicester
Sunday 21st September
14:00Newcastle vs Northampton
Friday 26th September
19:45London Welsh vs Gloucester
Saturday 27th September
15:00Leicester vs London Irish
15:00Saracens vs Sale
15:15Northampton vs Bath
Sunday 28th September
14:00Wasps vs Newcastle
14:00Exeter vs Harlequins
Friday 3rd October
19:45Bath vs Saracens
Saturday 4th October
15:00Harlequins vs London Welsh
15:00London Irish vs Northampton
15:15Gloucester vs Leicester
Sunday 5th October
14:00Sale vs Wasps
15:00Newcastle vs Exeter
Friday 10th October
19:45Leicester vs Harlequins
Saturday 11th October
14:30London Welsh vs Newcastle
15:00Saracens vs Gloucester
15:00Exeter vs London Irish
15:15Northampton vs Sale
Sunday 12th October
14:00Wasps vs Bath
Saturday 15th November
14:00Sale vs London Irish

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