Booth disappointed after ninth London Irish loss

London Irish boss Toby Booth struggled to hide his disappointment after his team lost 24-25 to Bath at Reading extending their losing streak.

London Irish have lost their last nine matches in all competitions and their last win was back on October the 31st.

The Exiles have now lost their last five Premiership Rugby matches, their last two Heineken Cup match and their last two Anglo Welsh LV= Cup clashes.

Topsy Ojo looked to have ended Irish’s losing streak but Olly Barkley kicked a penalty in the final act of the match to snatch the victory.

“When you score three tries and concede one, you expect to win the game,” said Booth on the Premiership site.

“I have got a dressing room full of people in disbelief. I felt we did enough to win the game, but we didn’t. Discipline has cost us the game.”

Barkley’s opportunity to win the match for Bath came after Irish flanker Steffon Armitage collapsed a maul.

“It was a 50-50 call. He (referee Greg Garner) has made the decision, whether it’s the right one? We will go through the referee assessors, and nothing will happen.

“We were 6-0 on penalties in our favour in the first 30 minutes, which would suggest if you kept the ball, you got a penalty.

“Today was probably the first time in my history we have been penalised twice for collapsing a maul that has not started from a lineout.

“Ultimately, there are three things that decide a contest – two teams and the man in the middle.”

While Booth was upset at the loss the opposite was true of Bath head coach Steve Meehan who could not conceal his delight following a rare win on the road.

“It’s a good result. There will be plenty of smiles, and we’ve got to build on this now for next week against Leeds,” he said.

“I know how much hard work the players have been doing, and it’s great to get the monkey off our back. In a tight competition like the Premiership it can be the bounce of the ball or one error that decides things.”

” From our point of view, I knew it would turn around, I knew the win would come.”

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