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Aviva Premiership: Dean Ryan accepts Worcester were well beaten by London Irish
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Worcester boss Dean Ryan accepted that his side were "well beaten" in the Aviva Premiership basement battle against London Irish, but refused to accept relegation was now a certainty.
James O'Connor scored all of the Exiles' points as they eventually ran out comfortable 22-9 winners, with Worcester having only three Chris Pennell penalties to show for their efforts.
A downbeat Ryan, who saw his side lose their 12th straight league game this season, said afterwards: "We didn't manage the game well enough in the difficult conditions
"We came second in the set-piece, lacked discipline and showed how vulnerable we can be.
"We are really disappointed with that performance. We are not giving up but we have to get a win on board as it all becomes a bit hollow."
Ryan insisted he was still hopeful of turning around the Warriors' fortunes, but insisted it would be a long-term process.
"This was the Worcester of six to seven weeks ago but I'm not questioning the commitment of the players," he continued.
"We've come here to rebuild this club but it's a long term process and can't be judged on a week to week basis - but we have to learn from our mistakes."
Smith hails O'Connor
Irish boss, Brian Smith applauded the performance of the referee, which contributed to his side's success, O'Connor getting the chance to punish Worcester with five successful penalties.
"We had a plan to obtain territory and squeeze them with our driving game," Smith stated. "We left six points out there before the interval but Wayne Barnes was accurate in penalising their offences against our driving maul and we were rewarded."
"Topsy Ojo didn't touch the ball at all as it was our plan just to have our half-backs and James O'Connor kicking the ball."
O'Connor was the hero for the hosts, scoring all his team's points and drawing huge praise from his coach with Smith adding: "He's a world-class player and should be playing for his country.
"He'll go back to Australia in January 2015 to put his hand up for a Wallabies Test place.
"We have him until the end of the season but we'll be really fortunate if we can have him after that. There is massive money in Japan and France, who are throwing ridiculous money at players. French clubs are paying double and can blow you out of the water."
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|15:15||Gloucester vs Leicester|
|Sunday 5th October|
|14:00||Sale vs Wasps|
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|15:00||Saracens vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Irish|
|15:15||Northampton vs Sale|
|Sunday 12th October|
|14:00||Wasps vs Bath|
|Friday 14th November|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|19:45||Northampton vs Exeter|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|17:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 16th November|
|13:00||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:15||Wasps vs London Welsh|
|Friday 21st November|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Sale|
|20:00||Newcastle vs Gloucester|
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|Sunday 23rd November|
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|15:15||London Welsh vs Leicester|
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|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
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|Exeter 36 - 13 Harlequins|
|Saturday 27th September|
|Northampton 31 - 24 Bath|
|Leicester 19 - 22 London Irish|
|Saracens 40 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 26th September|
|London Welsh 10 - 46 Gloucester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|Newcastle 10 - 35 Northampton|
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|Harlequins 26 - 23 Wasps|
|London Irish 32 - 36 Saracens|
|Sale 46 - 8 London Welsh|
|Friday 19th September|
|Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter|
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|Wasps 20 - 16 Northampton|
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|Gloucester 34 - 27 Sale Sharks|
|Bath 53 - 26 London Welsh|
|Friday 12th September|
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|Sunday 7th September|
|London Welsh 0 - 52 Exeter|
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|Leicester 36 - 17 Newcastle|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 29 Bath|
|Saracens 34 - 28 Wasps|
|Friday 5th September|
|Northampton 53 - 6 Gloucester|
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