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McKibbin confident of London Irish turnaround

McKibbin confident of London Irish turnaround

London Irish are currently bottom of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table with just one win from eight games but scrum-half Brendan McKibbin is adamant relegation is not a concern for the Exiles.

Irish picked up their first league victory this term by dramatically beating Northampton Saints 25-23 on Boxing Day but failed to back that up as they went down 27-14 to Gloucester Rugby last weekend.

They actually led 14-6 at half-time but faded after the break and are two points adrift of this Sunday’s opponents, Newcastle Falcons, at the foot of the table.

That game at the Madejski Stadium could be perceived as a must-win for both sides but McKibbin – who joined the Exiles from Waratahs over the summer – insists no-one at the club is panicking about their current plight.

“People understand what happens in the league but I don’t think relegation is going to be a problem or an issue for us,” said McKibbin.

“If we keep getting our things right and our growth right continually then we will be fine.

“We’ve made mistakes in our game over the course of the season, so it is just about getting that consistency right.

“If we can put it on for 70 or 80 minutes rather than 40 or 50 then I think some of the top teams will really struggle.”

McKibbin, who has already made seven Aviva Premiership Rugby appearances for his Irish this term, is convinced there have been positive signs despite the results.

But after the fantastic triumph over Saints, the 30-year-old acknowledges a failure to back it up cost them dearly.

“I was gutted after that Gloucester game and bitterly disappointed not to get another win after the Northampton victory,” he added.

“We haven’t had the best start and it has been extremely disappointing but every week is a new challenge and a big challenge.

“We structured our structures pretty well against Gloucester but a little bit of inaccuracy let us down in the second half.

“We tweaked a few things going into the game and I thought we stuck to that pretty well in the first half, so we can certainly take a lot of positives from that.

“But you look at things you can work on and that is what we’ve done this week.”

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