Declan Kidney praised the composure, patience and courage of his side, as London Irish staged yet another remarkable second half comeback to draw 34-34 with Saracens on Saturday afternoon.

In a classic at the Stone X Stadium, Irish - down to 14 men for over an hour - scored five second half tries, with Kyle Rowe’s hat-trick try at the death, converted by Rory Jennings, ensuring a share of the spoils.

Speaking at the full-time whistle, Kidney said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the comeback.

“Three points when you’re away from home is never a bad return, especially against a top-class side like Saracens, when you play for over an hour with 14 men.

“The effort - collectively, across the whole club - is never in question here, and each and everyone stood up again.

“Rugby is the ultimate team game - and we showed the strength of this group in that final 20 minutes, taking the game to a very strong Saracens side, and we got what we deserved in the end.”

Asked to sum up his thoughts on the game, Kidney added: “It’s hard to put into words really.

“All I will say is it’s a privilege and pleasure to work with this group.

“The boys showed great composure and patience - and then we had the courage to pull the trigger right at the very end.

“Am I surprised we came back? Nothing surprises me anymore in this game. I am just so proud of them all. They gave absolutely everything.”

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