<2r>With two tough away fixtures in the offing against London Wasps and Northampton Saints, before facing the formidable Leicester Tigers at Madejski in a fortnight, the run-up to Christmas will not be easy.
As it stands, after seven rounds of the new Aviva Premiership campaign, it all makes for very pleasant reading: top of the Premiership table and top of the Aviva A League.
We are all too aware of the dangers of getting ahead of ourselves, however; after all, this is only November!
So it is with one eye on the upcoming fixture list, that we tentatively look at the positive start made by the boys in 2010/11. With six Premiership wins out of seven, five bonus points and some crucial wins under our belt, the signs are good.
The stats which lie beneath the results also look positive; the Aviva Premiership website revealing that the 10/11 top points scorer and top goal kicker thus far, is none other our own Ryan Lamb.
What is perhaps even more exciting is that the Premiership’s current top try scorer is 19-year-old Academy starlet and England U20 centre, Jonathan Joseph. Also in the top ten are Topsy Ojo and George Stowers. So that’s a wing, a back row and an Academy player; not a bad mix on anyone’s score sheet.
<1>Along with the wizardry of Lamb and Joseph, there have been notable performances from the likes of James Buckland, who has really stepped up to the mark this season, not to mention the inimitable Seilala Mapusua, who has continued to do what he does best; terrorising the opposition midfield. The London Irish lineout has once again been receiving plaudits, with another Academy player, Matt Garvey, also making a solid impression in the second row.
This is to name but a few of the hard-working London Irish pack who are determined to learn from past experiences and built on the progression of recent years. It may be early days, but that doesn’t stop us looking on the bright side.
The visit of Leicester Tigers to Madejski Stadium on Saturday 4th November (KO 2.30pm) for our next home game, is critical.
The ‘perennial’ Premiership finalists were, of course, the Exiles' opponents during the 2008 Guinness Premiership Final which London Irish lost by the narrowest of margins. An encounter with Leicester is always a stern test and while they lie in just 5th position prior to this weekend’s action, Irish will be taking nothing for granted.
<3r>As ever, we urge you to please turn out in force to support your team for this vital clash. With your help, the boys can stay on top and make it all the way to Twickenham, so please book your tickets now to see table toppers London Irish take on reigning champions Tigers as Aviva Premiership Rugby makes a welcome return to Madejski.
You can buy your tickets by clicking here or by calling the London Irish Ticket Office on 0844 249 1871.
And if you fancy watching a selection of upcoming games and saving yourself some money, why not consider "The “TickIt” - our new Mini Season Ticket. Click here for more information on how to book your seat at five London Irish games for the price of four!
It’s exciting times here at London Irish; make sure you’re part of it!