Declan Kidney believes London Irish were punished for not making the most of their early chances in Friday’s defeat to Gloucester.

Irish went down 24-7 in Round 15, despite large amounts of possession in the opening exchanges at Kingsholm.

But their failure to convert territory and possession into points proved costly, as George Skivington’s side upped the ante to run out comfortable winners at full-time.

“We had a lot of possession in the early part of the game, but we didn’t take our chances,” said Kidney.

“When you don’t take your opportunities, it makes life very difficult, and we felt that on Friday night.

“These games are always on fine margins, as we all know, and that’s why you have to be clinical when the opportunities present themselves.”

Kidney added: “Fair play to Gloucester, they were cute, slowing up a lot of ball, and stopping our flow.

“We need to find ways of getting around that.”

Next up for Irish is a trip to Bristol Bears on Friday night - kick-off 7.45pm.

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