27 February 2017
London Irish Director of Rugby Nick Kennedy ran out of superlatives to describe Ben Franks’ display during Saturday’s 29-20 bonus-point triumph over London Scottish in the Greene King IPA Championship.
The formidable tight-head, who lifted the World Cup twice with the All Blacks, bagged himself a brace as the Exiles cemented their position at the top of the table.
Impressed with Franks’ work-rate during a man-of-the-match display, Kennedy said: “He works extremely hard for the team and epitomises what this club is all about.
“He had a big impact on the game and London Scottish struggled to cope with his power upfront. I thought the pack were excellent with some very good mauling and lineout play.”
Victory over Scottish stretched Irish’s winning run to 15 games in the league, a sequence that Kennedy was pleased to continue despite there being room for improvement.
“It was a closely fought game and London Scottish pushed us all the way,” said Exiles’ icon Kennedy.
He added: “Pete Richards is an excellent coach and he had his side well-drilled – there are certainly areas of our game which we can work on during the week in the build-up to the Yorkshire Carnegie game, but overall I’m happy.”
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