Booth ‘flabbergasted’ at London Irish loss

London Irish rugby director Toby Booth says that he was shocked by the way his team failed to regain their place at the top of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table.

Booth watched on as his Exiles lost 33-25 against London Wasps after the home team came from behind to snatch the victory.

“Anybody who knows me knows I’m very straight up sort of bloke, but I’m in a state of shock what I have just watched.”

“I am absolutely flabbergasted. I cannot believe we played like that and came away without even a bonus point,” he told the Premiership rugby site.

“We were three times five metres off their line yet came away with nothing. Then we gave away too many penalties, and for a team who should have been out of sight when in the lead, it’s tough to handle.”

“I’m aware of our error count, no denying that. But we had plenty of ball and good field position. We created plenty of chances and we better learn quickly to take them because next up, we go to Northampton.

“There are some very quiet and disappointed guys in our changing room because they know they had a game for winning out there and didn’t win it.”

Booth’s apposite number at Wasps Tony Hanks had praise for both teams and said, “I think it was one of those games where both teams really had a go and played the sport of rugby people want to watch.

“The game flowed and it was exciting, but we did get into a situation with the sin-binning that we didn’t need to. There were some issues at scrum-time, but it was a very competitive area.

“The win lifts us up to sixth in the table, and we showed we are on the right track. We’re seeing a group of boys developing together and I recognised things out there that prove we are heading in the right direction.”

Wasps coach Shaun Edwards added: “I think we’ll be working more on tackling this week.”

“But that was a game where we saw a lot of very good rugby from both sides, and we are very satisfied to beat a side who have been top of the league for long periods.”

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