London Irish scrum-half Darren Allinson insists his side still have a lot more to give this season ahead of their LV= Cup clash with Newcastle Falcons.
Glenn Delaney’s men crashed out of the competition after last week’s spirited 27-18 defeat to Scarlets, and their record of three losses from three so far does not make for impressive reading.
But having beaten Newcastle away from home 20-18 in Round 2 of Aviva Premiership Rugby back in September, Allinson is confident of repeating the feat at the Madejski Stadium this Saturday.
The 27-year-old Welshman – who will join the Exiles’ 100-club if he comes off the bench – admits that while the season has been disappointing so far, the whole squad are set on ending it on a high note.
“We know exactly what to expect from the Newcastle match and will make sure that we are fully prepared for it,” he said.
“We want to lay down a marker now for the rest of the season and show that we are going to be a tough team to come up against.
“If we can win and then get a run going in the Aviva Premiership Rugby then we can try and end the season on a high.”
The Falcons had some exciting news this week with the announcement that scrum-half Micky Young will rejoin the club next season after four years away playing with Leicester Tigers and Bath.
Dean Richards’ side have discovered some fine attacking form of late, earning try bonus points in each of their past five matches.
Last week’s impressive 39-19 win at home to Sale Sharks came too late for them to qualify for the LV= Cup semi-finals after November’s defeats to Northampton Saints and Cardiff Blues.
But No.8Ally Hogg is particularly positive about the impact the younger members of the squad have had in this competition, creating some selection headaches for when Falcons return to Aviva Premiership Rugby action against Exeter Chiefs.
“We have got a lot of young guys stepping up to the mark and they were very good against Sale,” he said. “It creates competition for places and puts us in a good place going forward.
“Though Irish have been knocked out too it will be a tough game, they’ve been playing some good rugby of late.
“But we’ve got to stick to what we’ve been trying to do all season and be clinical, and we have been for the most part.
“Hopefully we can build some momentum into the Exeter game and we’ll head there knowing we beat them at our place earlier on in the season.”
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