Catt purring after Irish triumph
Topsy Ojo pushed his way back into the England reckoning after a superb hat-trick which had Mike Catt singing his praises as London Irish hammered Newcastle at Kingston Park.
The London Irish attack coach watched Ojo, Jonathan Joseph (two)and Daniel Bowden tear Newcastle apart while Ryan Lamb kicked five conversions and two penalties in a 46-12 Aviva Premiership win.
"Topsy had a really bad time last year and it's just great to see him back with a smile on his face," said Catt. "We have a fantastic group of young players and when you look at Ojo, Armitage and Joseph, that's a fantastic trio."
He continued: "Ryan was clinical and composed and didn't throw any silly ones out there which he has been prone to do and (Seilala) Mapusua showed what three months' full pre-season prep can do - he has always been with Samoa before. That showed today, he was unbelievable.
"Two years ago we had the ruthlessness and killer instinct and we lost that last year but now we have got it back. Everything was spot-on today and for us to come to Newcastle and do what we did shows how much we have improved."
Irish had the bonus-point win wrapped up after 55 minutes when Bowden scored and Newcastle had no answer to Irish's pace and power.
Ojo took his hat-trick with ease and Joseph intercepted a wild Newcastle pass to score his second before Alex Tait wriggled through for a Falcons consolation try that was no consolation at all to director of rugby Alan Tait.
"There aren't any real positives we can take out of a hammering, but when you are beaten by a far better side, it makes it a little easier to swallow and they were a far superior side," he said.
"The try just before half-time was a real killer blow and there were signs of panic from us at times and we'll have to have a look at that and try and address it.
"But there is no miracle cure, we have to get on with it and we have a couple of A team games coming up and some of the players may find themselves having to play in those matches and I will have to look at possibly giving some of those A team players their chance."