Booth hails scrum dominance
September 19, 2010
Gloucester boss Bryan Redpath reflects on his side's loss%]
London Irish boss Toby Booth has hailed his side's scrum dominance as the key to their 23-16 Aviva Premiership win over Gloucester at the Madejski Stadium.
The Irish set-piece laid the platform for their second win in three games, with hooker James Buckland and No.8 George Stowers scoring tries in front of their home fans to ensure more woe for Gloucester.
"The facts are the facts, and we dominated the set-pieces from start to finish," he said. "Games in the Premiership are hard to win, and today was based on a fantastic scrum performance. It is a simple game built on good set-piece and forward dominance, and our scrum did the damage."
Gloucester director of rugby Bryan Redpath was critical of his side's discipline after they conceded twice as many penalties as the Exiles, who nevertheless went to sleep at the end in order for Lesley Vainikolo to seal a losing bonus-point for the visitors.
"We conceded 19 penalties to Irish's seven or eight. We cut our own throats," he said."I thought the game was winnable for us from 10-9 behind, and we talked at half-time about the need to be smarter but there were a lot of penalties and free-kicks at scrum time.
The Exiles' George Stowers talks to ESPN%]
"You have got to keep safe with it. Bath had 10 losses on the bounce last season and finished in the top four. There is no point getting all panicky about it - we have to keep working hard."
Ahead of England's clash with Samoa, Scrum Sevens takes a wander down memory lane and celebrates seven examples of Pacific Islands magic
England must find a way to improve their game by tiny margins and they will get there, writes Phil Vickery
"England remind me of a PlayStation rugby team," John Mitchell on tactics and the search for a first-choice fly-half ahead of the World Cup
Augustine Pulu will return home with little more than 20 minutes rugby in one month on tour. It is time for more midweek games writes Craig Dowd