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Corker and London Welsh aim to bounce back from ‘lowest ebb’

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Matt Corker admits the aftermath of their defeat to Wasps last weekend was the low point of his London Welsh career.

The second row and club captain was part of an Exiles side that were put to the sword at Adams Park on Sunday, Christian Wade and Ashley Johnson both running in hat-tricks for Wasps in a 71-7 victory.

Corker is the club's longest serving player, having made his debut in September 2007 on loan from Wasps and the lock has since gone on to make nearly 200 appearances for the Exiles as well as playing a leading role in the club's Championship-winning season of 2011/12.

But Aviva Premiership Rugby has been a struggle for the newly-promoted side this season, seven defeats from seven leaving them bottom of the table and Corker concedes it is tough to take.

“This is definitely the lowest, in fact it is probably up there in terms of the whole time I have been at the club, it’s a very tough defeat to handle,” he said. 

“We are a proud group of a players and this is a proud club so I would be worried if it was not hard for us to swallow.

“But everyone has come in and been positive, we have approached it in an instructive way.

“We have got some fantastic experience and expertise across our squad and our coaching staff and no one has come in pointing fingers.

“We have had a hard look at ourselves and each other but it has been very constructive.

“On defence there is an element of personal responsibility, we are missing too many tackles, but also in terms of how we implement the system we are struggling as well.

“The Premiership is a fantastic league, with phenomenal attacking talent. And that just means that if you are in the wrong position then players will capitalise.

“If you too tight then they pick you off out wide but stretch too far and the gaps appear, for us it is about making sure that we learn these lessons.”

Despite the fact that Welsh have shipped 50 points on four occasions in the league this season already, Corker and co are currently only eight points adrift of Newcastle Falcons at the foot of the table.

And Corker is confident that despite his side’s struggles, they still remain well in contention to climb off the bottom of the standings between now and the end of the season. 

“Everyone at this club is desperate for that first win because you can really gain some momentum from there and we are doing everything we can,” he added. 

“We know that the most important thing is to start getting points on the board, be that wins or losing bonus points.

“At the moment we are not doing that so it does not matter if the gap to Newcastle and the other teams is one point or a hundred points.

“But at the same time we are only two wins away from being right back in it and there is still a hell of a lot of rugby to be played.

“Last time we were in the Premiership I don’t think Sale picked up their first win until into November and they ended up being fine.

“There is an international window coming up again for the Six Nations, there are a lot of opportunities for us to get back on track.” 

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