Declan Kidney said there were positives to take from Saturday’s narrow defeat to Harlequins in the Premiership Rugby Cup, however he explained the need for the players to manage some situations differently. 

Both sides were level at 18 all with only minutes remaining, before Brett Herron’s penalty went over off the post to give the visitors the win. 

Speaking after the match, the London Irish director of rugby said “we need to learn how to manage situations during the game. There were a lot of plusses, but we need to manage some situations a little better and we will do that with the more matches we get under our belt.

“There was a lot of stuff that worked well and we will look at these things too, but we need to do is work on the other bits and these have now been discussed at our start of week review meeting.”

Nine of the club’s Academy prospect or graduates were involved in the matchday 23 and they all saw game time. 

“All the players that have come through or are going through or Academy system will benefit from the experience of these games.” Kidney added. 

Declan Kidney’s side will now prepare for round three of the competition and a trip to Ashton Gate to play Bristol. The West country outfit were victorious 20-17 against Gloucester last Friday evening. 

London Irish will host Sale Sharks in round four of the Premiership Rugby Cup on Saturday 12 October. For tickets please click here.


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