15 February 2017
Farleigh House, the training base for Bath Rugby, was the backdrop for London Irish’s training on Tuesday as Nick Kennedy’s men went toe-to-toe with Premiership opposition in a pre-arranged session.
With the Exiles welcoming London Scottish to the Madejski Stadium in little over a week's time, Irish stepped up their preparation with a series of rigorous drills alongside Todd Blackadder’s side.
Premiership referee Luke Pearce, who manned the line during Sunday’s Six Nations clash between France and Scotland, was on hand to bring his expertise to proceedings.
“With more than a week until our next game we thought it was a good opportunity for us to do a few things differently to get ourselves in good shape for the season run-in,” Assistant Coach Clark Laidlaw told LITV.
“We got loads out of the trip. The London Irish forwards went up against the Bath forwards and the backs went up against the backs, before we went into a 15 versus 15 game scenario.
“The games are going to come thick and fast between now and the end of the season – hopefully our supporters can come and see us finish the campaign well,” added the Scot.
Exiles stalwart David Paice and his teammates visited the famous Bath spa following training to warm down. The front-rower, who has made more than 250 appearances for the club, said: “The session enables us to re-evaluate areas of our game which we are good at and those areas of our game which we need improve.
“Bath are doing well in the Premiership and it was a chance to test ourselves against quality opposition and see where we are at as a squad.”
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