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London Irish go into the biggest game in the club’s 110-year history confident of pulling off one of the shocks of the season.
Irish gave themselves a big boost for next Saturday’s Heineken Cup semi-final against Toulouse at Twickenham with an excellent win over high-flying Quins on a cold and wet afternoon at Madejski Stadium.
London Irish and England scrum-half Paul Hodgson insists there will be no thoughts of next week’s Heineken Cup semi-final against Toulouse on the team’s minds when they face in-form Harlequins at Madejski Stadium tomorrow 3pm.
Bracknell failed in their bid to reach National League Division 3 after losing their play-off game at Worthing on Saturday.
But the South West Division 1 side’s skipper Ben Nowak said: “We’ll come back bigger and stronger next season.
It's make-or-break for Bracknell tomorrow as they try to make a rapid return to National Division rugby when they face Worthing at Roundstone Lane in the South West Division 1 play-off.
It will be agony or ecstasy for either Reading or Bracknell tomorrow afternoon as they face each other in the final South West Division 1 match of the season at Holme Park (3pm).
London Irish coach Toby Booth felt his side squandered a golden opportunity to reach their first Heineken Cup final following their defeat at Twickenham on Saturday.
Taniela Ratu bagged two tries as Reading recovered from a slow start to take take another step towards beating the drop.
Player-Coach Mike Catt will miss London Irish’s return to Guinness Premiership action this Sunday away to Newcastle Falcons (3pm), having damaged his calf in last Saturday’s massive Heineken Cup win over Perpignan.
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Redingensians skipper Jez Flynn called on the local clubs to support the Berkshire Cup after leading his side to their first-ever win in the competition’s 28-year history at Red Lane on Sunday.