London Irish director of rugby, Declan Kidney was pleased with the endeavour his side showed after going down 20-26 to Toulon in Round 4 of the European Challenge Cup.

A second half score from scrum-half Baptiste Serin was ultimately all that separated the sides on a windy afternoon at the Madejski Stadium.

“The 9 showed good skills to score his try, but we showed a lot of endeavour and we are here to win these matches, so we are disappointed not to get the result this afternoon” said Kidney.

“I thought all the boys dug in well and the finishers, when they came on towards the end, did well too, and they made an impact which bodes well for the future.”

The Exiles turn their attention back to Gallagher Premiership action next Sunday, Bath the visitors to Madejski Stadium.

“We take each match as it comes and put our best foot forward in every game, and today’s is a disappointing one because it was a six-point game at the end of it. We need to take the learnings from today’s game to improve for next week’s game.”

Kidney finished by praising the work ethic of the squad, which continues to impress him.

“They are great group to work with, I cannot speak highly enough of them. They are working really hard and the fight we have shown in difficult circumstances recently will stand us in good stead as the season goes on.”

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