21 February 2016
Experienced backrow Luke Narraway believes the raucous London Irish fanbase can prove decisive when the Exiles go toe-to-toe with Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership today (kick-off 3pm).
The 32-year-old former Gloucester stalwart admits the fans have played a key role in spurring the Exiles to three wins out of three on home soil as the resurgence continues.
And Narraway admits he is itching to don the green jersey and put on a committed display for the Exiles faithful, and register precious Premiership points.
"We love playing in front of our own fans at the Madejski, and they have been magnificent this season," said Narraway, who skippers the Exiles this weekend.
"We are very proud to play in front of our fans and they can certainly make the difference this weekend," he added.
Despite tasting back-to-back defeats against Saracens and Sale Sharks respectively, Exeter's blistering start to their Premiership campaign has put them in contention for a top four spot.
Narraway has been impressed with their rise and insists they are well equipped across the park, saying: "They have threats all over the pitch – they have a good pack with a good backrow who like to get their hands on the ball. They also like to throw the ball around in the backline, so we will have to be on our mettle especially in defence.
"We've just got to focus on ourselves, and we know that if we have that clinical edge to us then it doesn't really matter about what the other team pose. If you produce your best then nine times out of 10 you will get the result you want."
After last weekend's defeat on the road at Franklin's Gardens, Narraway is looking for his troops to bounce back.
He said: "We will not change everything as our game plan wasn't wrong – it was just our execution which wasn't right and we will also have to sharpen up on our individual roles and cut out the handling errors. At the very top end of rugby it's that extra five or 10 per cent that can win you games.
There is still time to snap up your match day tickets by visiting the Ticket Office at the Madejski Stadium.