London Irish boss Declan Kidney is looking for his charges to build on Saturday’s bonus point victory over Harlequins when Exeter Chiefs visit the Madejski Stadium in the Aviva Premiership this Sunday (kick-off 3pm).

A brace from Piet van Zyl as well as further tries from Max Northcote-Green and Tom Fowlie put Quins to the sword and gave the Exiles a real shot in the arm as they continue to battle for their top-flight status.  

Welcoming reigning Aviva Premiership champions Exeter to the Madejski this weekend, Kidney said: “The boys were working extremely hard before Les and I arrived at the club and today a few passes stuck, and we now have a massive task against Exeter, which we’re all looking forward to.

“I’m delighted for the boys because when you put in a lot of hard work and don’t win, doubts can creep in. Hopefully we’ve banished a few of those today and we can move on.

“We need to produce those performances on a consistent basis now – we always said that we would control the controllable. What happens elsewhere is out of our control and congratulations to Worcester for getting the win at home to Newcastle.

“As long as it’s mathematically possible we’ll just keep fighting and take the confidence from this win.”   

Irish were relentless in their approach throughout Saturday’s contest, leading 22-0 at the break and staying composed in the second half to leave The Stoop with maximum points.

“We started the Gloucester game well two weeks ago, but today we managed to sustain better game management,” said Kidney.

“Confidence is a strange thing as you can have too much of it and you can become a little bit loose. We’ll build on this win and take things from there.”

Tickets for this Sunday’s Aviva Premiership fixture against reigning champions Exeter Chiefs are available from just £1 for under 13s throughout the stadium and £23 for adults by calling 0118 968 1016 (9am to 5pm) or online at

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