Booth delighted with London Irish attitude

London Irish Head coach Toby Booth says he was delighted with his team’s attitude in their Heineken Cup victory over Racing Metro 92 on Saturday.

The Exiles were trailing 14-10 at half time but opened up in the second half and won the match 14-34.

“You see the true mettle of people in adversity. The players showed how much we care,” Booth told BBC Berkshire.

“We’ve come to a club with a bigger budget than us, in a hostile environment, and won convincingly.”

New Zealander Dan Bowden went off injured and was replaced by Adrian Jarvis at fly half after 15 minutes and Booth praised the replacements peformance.

“Coming off the bench as he did is never easy, especially in the pivotal 10 position, so I think he should take a lot of credit,” he continued.

“He drove the team around the pitch as we wanted and needed him to do. He was instrumental in that performance.”

London Irish lost their first two Heineken Cup matches still have it all to do if they are to remain in the tournament as they need to win their last three matches in Pool 2.

Booth has warned that their opponents will not make things easy for the Exiles.

“It depends on what happens in other games next week in particular, and what Racing do after these two fixtures. “

“We’ve got a very tough game against them again.

“They’ll be absolutely devastated to lose at home, and if I was the coach I’d be letting them know.

“I think this was war one. War two is coming next week,” he concluded.

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