London Irish hooker David Paice says that his side can take heart from their second half performance at the home of reigning Aviva Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs.

Paice, who now turns his focus to this Friday’s trip to Sale Sharks, said: “I can’t question the commitment of the guys but unfortunately we weren’t accurate enough.

“The biggest lesson for us is that when you play quality teams like Exeter, we need to stick to our game plan. There are certainly positives we can take into the Sale game on Friday.”

With rain lashing down for long periods of the contest, Paice admits Exeter handled the conditions more effectively.

“Exeter showed us how to play wet weather rugby and it was a real test for us, but we’ll learn from this and be better for the experience.”

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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