London Irish climbed up to third in the Aviva Premiership courtesy of a gruelling 21-17 victory against Wasps, with head coach Toby Booth delighted to have proven his side could win ugly. The London derby was won by Irish despite not scoring a try. Tom Homer was in scintillating form with the boot, kicking 7 penalties to keep his side just ahead in the close battle.
Despite a late Christian Wade try for Wasps, London Irish maintained the upper hand throughout the match, despite failing to show the kind of free-flowing rugby which they’ve become synonymous with under Booth. The victory did prove to some in the media that the Exiles had the ability to come through battles, and in matches when they attacking threat wasn’t clicking. Those looking at the best rugby betting odds should remember this.
Booth admitted his side hadn’t been anywhere near their best, revealing he felt the victory could well prove to be a defining one come the end of the season. With Saracens and Harlequins beginning to pull away from the rest of the pack, this victory kept London Irish clinging onto the duo’s coat-tails.
“It certainly wasn’t a vintage display but it was a very important one,” he said.
“It may not have been easy on the eye but it could be a defining performance because we’ve tipped the scale from being competitive to winning.”
“It’s proof that we are capable of winning ugly, which I think some people had doubted previously.”