London Irish Director of Rugby Nick Kennedy and openside flanker Max Northcote-Green have given their reaction to LITV following Friday’s 29-7 bonus-point victory over Nottingham Rugby at the Lady Bay Sports Ground.
A supreme Irish display yielded four tries courtesy of Scott Steele, Aseli Tikoirotuma, Max Northcote-Green and Fergus Mulchrone as the Exiles extended their winning run to five games in the Greene King IPA Championship.
Kennedy, 34, was delighted with his side’s dominant display, arguably the Exiles’ most complete performance this term.
“We played the conditions well as it was quite a wet pitch and the forwards really rolled up their sleeves and just got on with it,” said Kennedy, who also guided the Exiles to three wins out of three in pre-season, including a comprehensive victory at Harlequins.
“I thought our maul defence was dominant and the scrum was fantastic led by David Paice – he had a cracking game and really led from the front,” he added.
Irish recorded their second win on the road this season and their fourth consecutive bonus-point triumph to move clear at the top of the table. Kennedy believes the travelling Exiles contingent on the terraces gave his side a significant boost, saying: “All of the players wanted to stay behind after the game to thank our supporters for making the trip. Our supporters were on all four corners of the ground and it felt like a home game for us so they were brilliant.”
Northcote-Green, 22, a summer recruit from Bath, crossed for the Exiles’ third try of the contest to set his team up for claiming maximum points. Man-of-the-match against Ealing Trailfinders last weekend, the talented back-row was satisfied with his own performance.
“I just found myself in a great position to score on the back of some excellent play from Scott [Steele] and it was easy for me to finish things off,” said a modest Northcote-Green.
He added: “We’ve got to keep this momentum up after winning our first five games and London Welsh will be a big test for us next week – so far so good.”
You can watch the full interview with Nick and Max on LITV by clicking here.
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