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Guest: London Irish’s backs are hitting top form

Guest: London Irish’s backs are hitting top form

Tom Guest is in no doubt that London Irish’s wingers will enjoy many more days before the season is over after watching Alex Lewington grab his second hat-trick of the season last weekend.

The Exiles heaped more misery on London Welsh on Saturday and the manner in which they did so is impressive, 23-year-old Lewington the pick of the bunch in an eight-try showing.

It was a release valve for their backs after tightly-fought losses to Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers, in which chances were hard to come by for both teams.

Lewington’s personal Aviva Premiership Rugby tally now stands at eight for the season – after a previous treble against Saracens – while fellow flyer Tom Fowlie scored his first league try for the club.

And back row Guest is expecting the backline to fire the Exiles to more victories before the end of the season is out.

“Alex is in fantastic form, he’s scored some real crackers of tries – some of those finishes have been excellent,” he said.

“He’s frighteningly quick and we know that when we give him the ball there’s a good chance he’ll score.

“We’ve got a lot of confidence in him and there’s also players like Tom Fowlie too, who’s come in the last few weeks and is the type of player who can do something from nothing. All of our backs are looking dangerous when we can get them into play.

“We’ve got a good and developing understanding between the players and how to go about playing the way we want to when we get into promising situations.

“London Welsh have been having a tough time of it but getting the game put to bed at half time is no mean feat and a lot of teams struggle to do that against anyone.”

Guest has made an impact in his first season at the Madejski Stadium, dotting down his first Aviva Premiership Rugby try for the club in their impressive victory over Exeter Chiefs in January.

“I’m really enjoying my first season, I had a bit of a setback with an injury which was frustrating but I feel like I’ve done quite well,” he added.

“As a pack we’ve been putting teams under pressure by putting ourselves around the park and our mauling has been excellent. We’re learning to how be as effective but as legal as possible and I think we’re getting there.

“We’re not going to be able to do too much climbing up the table at this stage of the season but the mentality of the side to go as high as we can. No one likes being near the bottom so it’s a big motivating factor.”

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