Catt enjoying the chase for title

Mike Catt has steered his young London Irish team to the brink of a first Guinness Premiership title.


The 37-year-old Rugby World Cup winner was the architect of Irish’s 17-0 victory over Harlequins to book their trip to Twickenham to face Leicester Tigers this weekend.


He credits the enthusiasm of his teammates and the consistency of their forwards for getting them to the final but warns that the underdogs will have to be at their very best.


“Any No.10 would enjoy themselves playing behind that pack. The back row were immense and the front five have delivered all season,” he said on the RFU’s Podcast.


“This weekend there can be no excuses. We need to make sure that if we get any points scoring opportunities that we make sure we take them. Leicester will not let up at all for the full 80 minutes.


“They’ve been here many times, but anything is possible.”


Catt has a firm admirer in the Tigers’ camp in Martin Corry, his former England teammate who retires at the end of the season.


“As far as people who know the game and can read the game on the field goes, there’s no-one better than Mike,” said Corry, who will end his own illustrious career after the final.

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