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Tom says ball is in London Irish’s Court

Tom Court and has urged London Irish to concentrate on maximising their own performance ahead of their Aviva Premiership Rugby clash with Bath Rugby on Saturday.  

The Exiles travel West without a win at the Rec since 2009, while Bath have been victorious in 11 of the past 12 meetings between the two clubs.

Meanwhile, Bath’s home form this term has been below their high standards and Mike Ford’s men have only one more victory than the Exiles this season.

But it is their consistency in picking up losing bonus points which has stretched a ten-point gap between the two clubs.

Former Ireland prop Court though is confident their errors against the Tigers are controllable and is duly positive of claiming only a second away win in the past 12 months.

“A lot of that stuff is really in our control and we just need to be better at executing what we say we’re going to do and not giving teams such easy possession to score,” the 32-times capped forward said.

“We need to be better from the start, if we put pressure on and keep chipping away with points until half time and come out firing after half-time, it is a totally different game. 

“Leicester got two easy walk-in tries just before half-time and the game slips away really.

“Every game for us is a must-win from here on in. That is the approach we’re taking, really just trying to get our own stuff right and not worry much about what everyone else might be doing.”

Despite being confident of leaving the Rec with a win, Court believes that with every point vital, the Exiles could do well to emulate the West Country men and start grabbing some bonus points.     

“It is promising finishing a game like we did against Leicester and maybe if the boys had switched on to bonus points earlier on it could have been different,” he explained.  

“You score one more try and we would have got a losing bonus point for tries anyway.

“I guess whether you can say Leicester already had the bonus point in the bag and had sort of taken their foot off the gas – it is hard to tell.”  
 

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