Booth thrilled with Exiles’ victory over Saracens

London Irish director of rugby Toby Booth has hailed his team’s 23-19 win Saracens who until yesterday were unbeaten.

The Exiles were trailing 10-19 at half time at the the Madejski Stadium but they rallied back and prevented Guinness Premiership log leaders Saracens from scoring more than three points in the entire second half.

London Irish fought their way back into the match slowly adding points and then 10 minutes from 10 Elvis Seveali’i dodged and weaved through some weak tackling to score a decisive try which Chris Malone converted.

Saracens by that time had resorted to attempting drop goals -and missing them – in order to score points.

“That was a good advert, a tough contest with plenty of ambition, and was also quite entertaining.” Booth told UKPA.

“We were behind for long periods, and we had to work hard for it.”

“The bubble had to burst some time, and I’m delighted it’s us that managed it.” he added.

“What makes me proud is that we came back from 10 points down and never let them get away from us.

“Saracens are a pragmatic team, hard to beat, because they offer you very little, and they know how to take scores and squeeze you. “

“But we won the kicking contest out there, and I was delighted with the whole of our back three.”

Another boost for the Exiles came in the news that brothers Steffon and Delon Armitage have extended their contracts, the former to the end of the 2011-12 season, the latter to 2012-13.

“They are two of the most talented players in rugby at the moment, and outstanding at both Test and club level.” Booth said of the double signing.

Saracens rugby director Brendan Venter was understandably disappointed with the loss and said,”The boys are very disappointed. They played well, but we will learn from this experience and become a better team because in the end we beat ourselves.

“We gave away some stupid penalties, and then there were other penalties that should not have been awarded. But we must look to ourselves first for this defeat.

“The first try we conceded was soft, and the second was stupid, because we were not in any trouble, but simply made mistakes.”

“Then we got sucked into the pushing and shoving that happens at the breakdown. “

“The trouble with that is it leads to penalties.”

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