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Booth shocked by defeat

London Irish rugby director Toby Booth admitted he was shocked by his team's failure to return to the top of the Aviva Premiership.

Booth saw his side lose 33-25 at Wasps after the home side came from behind to secure victory.

Booth said: "Anybody who knows me knows I'm a very straight up sort of bloke, but I'm in a state of shock what I have just watched. I am absolutely flabbergasted. I cannot believe we played like that and came away without even a bonus point."

He added: "We were three times five metres off their line yet came away with nothing. Then we gave away too many penalties, and for a team who should have been out of sight when in the lead, it's tough to handle.

"I'm aware of our error count, no denying that. But we had plenty of ball and good field position. We created plenty of chances and we better learn quickly to take them because next up, we go to Northampton. There are some very quiet and disappointed guys in our changing room because they know they had a game for winning out there and didn't win it."

Wasps rugby director Tony Hanks said: "I think it was one of those games where both teams really had a go and played the sport of rugby people want to watch.

"The game flowed and it was exciting, but we did get into a situation with the sin-binning that we didn't need to. There were some issues at scrum-time, but it was a very competitive area.

"The win lifts us up to sixth in the table, and we showed we are on the right track. We're seeing a group of boys developing together and I recognised things out there that prove we are heading in the right direction."

Former England fly-half David Walder kicked 18 points from four penalties and three conversions to tries by Ben Jacobs, Steve Kefu and Tom Varndell.

Irish also scored three tries, by Daniel Bowden, Paul Hodgson and Paulicia Ion while Ryan Lamb kicked two penalties and two conversions but he also missed three penalties and one conversion.


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