Fixtures - Top Bar

Tom Court wants a more conservative London Irish

TomCourt14SB1005

London Irish currently find themselves at the foot of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table and prop Tom Court believes a more conservative gameplan may be required to get out of danger.

The Exiles have won just two league games from ten this term and suffered a 38-10 defeat away to Sale Sharks last time out.

London Irish were only 12-10 behind at the break but Sale pulled away in the second half as Irish once again failed to gain a losing bonus point, meaning they are still seeking their first of the season.

That lack of losing bonus points has ensured Tom Coventry’s troops trail Newcastle Falcons and Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table, despite accruing the same number of victories.

And as they prepare for a home clash with Worcester this weekend, Court insists his side must stop letting games slip away late on as they try to put the disappointing Sale loss behind them

“Against Sale, half-time was where it all started going wrong for us. It seemed to give them an opportunity to get revved up, which it didn’t for us,” said Court.

“They scored quickly after half-time and it was a bit of a capitulation from us in the last 20 minutes or so to be honest.

“Games like that and with that scoreline are a bit embarrassing but we need to be honest with ourselves and realise that second half was not good enough.

“Sale were doing what we thought they would and what we had game-planned for but we weren’t good enough to execute it. We didn’t have the hunger we needed.

“With the situation we find ourselves in at the bottom of the league, we probably need to be a bit more conservative in our gameplan, especially away from home.

“We haven’t got any bonus points yet this season and we need to go into games looking for a losing bonus point at least rather than letting the game get away from us late on like we have so far.

“For us, and the situation we’re in, we need to just worry about it week by week. Each game needs to be our cup final if we want to stay up. So we’ve just got to focus on Worcester for the time being.”

The job of dragging themselves up the table became that much harder for London Irish this week with news that All Blacks prop Ben Franks will be out for three months with a ruptured bicep tendon.

But as a prop himself, Court knows what is needed to succeed in the front row and is convinced the Exiles have players capable of doing just that.

“Ben’s experience and ability means it’s a big loss for us but we’ve got guys like Hal [Halani Aulika] and Leo [Halavatau] who great players and more than capable of stepping in,” explained Court.

“Hal has the ability to be one of the best tightheads in the league on his day. He’s got the ability, it’s just about finding that consistency.

“Leo has shown his ability as well, so while it will be tough to replace Ben, I believe we’ve got the players to do it.”

 

Latest News

Worcester Warriors ‘unlucky’ in defeat to Wasps, says Ryan Bower

Worcester Warriors prop Ryan Bower admits it was important for his side to put in a performance against Wasps after their humbling Aviva Premiership Rugby defeat…

Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images

In-form Henry Purdy desperate to keep improving at Gloucester Rugby

Henry Purdy is refusing to rest on his laurels and has vowed to push on hard, despite praise from all…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Max Clark the centre of attention at Bath Rugby

Back in September – just when Bath Rugby were beginning to count on him in the centres – an ill-timed…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Seven tries success for Exeter Braves over Bath United

Exeter Braves’ Shaun Malton and Levi Davis of Bath United became the first opponents since 2005 to both score hat-tricks…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Worcester Warriors capture Samoa lock Chris Vui

Warriors have completed the signing of versatile Samoa forward Chris Vui till the end of the season. For everything you…

Chris Vui

Wallabies lock Will Skelton joins Saracens

Australian international forward Will Skelton has joined Saracens on a short-term deal. For everything you need to know about Saracens…

Will Skelton

Rowe hails ‘fantastic’ year for Exeter Chiefs

Exeter Rugby Club chairman and chief executive, Tony Rowe OBE, heralded a “fantastic” past year – on and off the…

Exeter Chiefs celebrate

Dan Tuohy joins Bristol Rugby with immediate effect

Dan Tuohy has penned a deal with Bristol Rugby to make the switch to Aviva Premiership Rugby with immediate effect.…

Dan Tuohy

Ally Hogg, Cooper Vuna, Aaron Morris, Lachlan Turner, Bryce Heem and Dan Robson head the Opta Rugby Rankings

Attacks dominated as Newcastle Falcons claimed a dramatic win over Harlequins this weekend in Premiership Rugby but Ally Hogg starred…

allyhogg16sb1111

Premiership Rugby backs Newcastle’s bid for 2018 European Rugby Cup Finals

Premiership Rugby today confirmed its “100% support” for Newcastle’s bid to become host city for European club rugby union's showpiece…

Newcastle Falcons celebrate

Newcastle launches bid for 2018 European Rugby Cup finals

Newcastle is bidding to become the host city for European club rugby union's showpiece weekend in May 2018. The aim…

Newcastle Falcons celebrate

Aviva Premiership Rugby wrap: Round 10

Maro Itoje could not mark his return to a Saracens jersey with a victory – but his director of rugby…

BATH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03:  Maro Itoje of  Saracens is tackled by Max Lahiff of Bath during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Saracens at the Recreation Ground on December 3, 2016 in Bath, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Pat Lam confirmed as Bristol Rugby head coach

Bristol Rugby is delighted to announce the appointment of Pat Lam as the Club’s new Head Coach. The 48 year-old…

Pat Lam

Newcastle Falcons v Saracens kick-off time change

Premiership Rugby can confirm that the kick-off time for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 17 Newcastle Falcons v Saracens fixture…

Aviva Premiership ball