London Irish director of rugby Nick Kennedy believes his side will learn from Friday’s defeat at Sale as thoughts now turn to next Sunday’s Aviva Premiership clash with Northampton Saints at the Madejski Stadium.

The Exiles boss watched on as Sale got back to winning ways following two straight defeats, with Kennedy looking for a positive reaction when the Saints come to town.

“We will learn from this loss, take it on the chin and move on to next week’s game,” said Kennedy.

“We’ve got to stick to our plan and keep going as you can’t afford to dwell on things in this league.”

Kennedy added: “Sale did well and they had good attacking structures as well as having the ability to hold on to the ball for long periods of the game.

“They really stretched us so we weren’t able to get into their to attack for the first half an hour. It was a slow start from us, but also a very good start from Sale and they deserved their win.

“Sale were disappointed from last week and they obviously came out firing. We were slow to start for the second week running, so it’s something we’ll have to address.”

London Irish’s next home games are against Northampton Saints on Sunday 24 September and Leicester Tigers on Saturday 7 October. Adult tickets from £23 and U13s from £3 from   or call 0118 968 1016.

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