REACTION: Kennedy eyes play-offs

18 April 2017

London Irish Director of Rugby Nick Kennedy believes back-to-back league wins against Rotherham Titans and Doncaster Knights have given his side a shot in the arm going into the play-offs.

Saturday’s 22-5 victory at Doncaster comes hot on the heels of last week’s 82-3 dismantling of Rotherham, with the Exiles now plotting a return to the Premiership.

Returning to Doncaster for the semi-final first leg on Sunday 30 April (kick-off 3pm) with the home leg at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday 6 May (kick-off 1.15pm), Kennedy is looking forward to the challenge.  

“To come away to a place like Doncaster and get the win is pleasing,” said Kennedy.

“As we’ve said all year, it’s about peaking at the end of the season and I’m pleased with the way things are going at the moment.

“Now we’ve got a two week run-in and we’re going to play Doncaster again, so everything is geared towards preparing to play them another two times.

“It’s going to be a massive challenge for us and as we saw at the weekend, the crowd at Castle Park will play their part in the contest.

“They are a well-supported team and are very well coached, so it’s going to be a big two weeks of preparation.”

Irish secured victory over the Knights by virtue of scores from Alex Lewington, Brendan McKibbin and a penalty try, with No. 8 Ofisa Treviranus marking his 100th appearance with a solid display.

“To reach 100 appearances is a great achievement and he’s been in good form this season,” said Kennedy.

“I thought the forwards played very well and we are keen for this to continue.”

Be part of the team cheering the players on in the next step back to the Premiership. Tickets for the Play-off Semi-final against Doncaster Knights on Saturday 6 May (kick-off 1.15pm) are on sale from www.lidirect.co.uk or by calling 0118 968 1016 #StrongerTogether. 

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