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Booth salutes star youngsters

Toby Booth

London Irish head coach Toby Booth praised young match-winners Jonathan Joseph and Tom Homer after the 46-29 Aviva Premiership home victory over bottom club Newcastle.

Twenty-year-old centre Joseph scored two tries, while 21-year-old full-back Homer kicked 10 goals from 10 attempts - six penalties and four conversions - to finish with 26 points.

"These boys are the future - and they are the present as well," said Booth.

Homer took his tally for the season to 67 points from four matches and Booth said: "We're all guilty of making this game more difficult than it should be some of the time. But the boys scrummaged exceptionally well and Tom paid the forwards back by keeping the scoreboard ticking over."

Joseph, who scored two tries as Irish secured their bonus-point win, will face stiff competition for his place when close-season signings Shontayne Hape and Joe Ansbro return from their World Cup campaigns with England and Scotland respectively.

But Booth said: "He's gone a long way at good pace for his tries. But JJ isn't a surprise because of what he did last year. We know exactly what he's capable of. He's one of those who we are fast-tracking with experience because he can deal with that."

Newcastle head coach Alan Tait did not hide his disappointment following his team's performance.

Tait said: "You just can't believe some of the things that went wrong. The guys need to put their hands up and ask why our scrum went from good to non-existent.

"The first try was through the middle of our defence but the rest we just coughed the ball up.

"Our attack just fell to bits. It's unacceptable and I've told them so."