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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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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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