Shane Geraghty ruled out of London Irish title chargeBy Steve Williams
March 13, 2009
Shane Geraghty has been ruled out for the rest of the season after fracturing his hand in last week’s game with London Wasps at Adams Park.
It’s a big blow for the 22-year-old fly-half, who was hoping to make a return to the England Six Nations squad.
Geraghty said: “I did it very early on in the match, but, while it hurt, I was able to play on and finish the game.”
The 21-16 defeat by Wasps, their fourth Guinness Premiership defeat in five games, dropped Irish to sixth, still only two points behind second placed Leicester Tigers.
And they will be looking to get back on track when they face Worcester Warriors at Madejski Stadium on Sunday (1pm).
Irish do have the kindest of run-ins to the season with the return at Worcester, two games against Northampton Saints, plus Bristol at home and a trip to Gloucester.
Injuries have hit Irish hard in recent weeks with full-back Pete Hewat and skipper Bob Casey picking up long-term injuries and wing Topsy Ojo also on the treatment table.
That has forced Irish to use all of their small squad and give some of the Academy players a chance to shine, including wing Adam Thompstone, who, having delivered twice on his debut, scored their only try last weekend against Wasps.
He said: “There wasn’t much room but I stood my opposite number up and went around him.
“It felt good and as it was on TV that always makes it better.”
But it was once again a case of Irish making life difficult for themselves by having to play catch-up in the second half.
“We had opportunities again to win the game in the last half an hour and it was there for the taking,” admitted Thompstone.
“We are not starting in the first half and we’re letting the teams get a bit too far in front sometimes.”
The 21-year-old joined Irish from Harlequins two seasons ago and made his senior team debut against Worcester when they lost the EDF Energy clash at Madejeski back in October.
“It’s a massive step up from the A League I was playing last season,” he said.
“It’s faster and it’s more physical but I think I’ve stepped up to it and it’s gone well for me so far.
“It’s the speed and the physicality. As you can imagine it’s a big step up – you’re playing against internationals and I’m still getting used to it.
“Every week I learn something new and everybody here is helping me out.”
Thompstone loves playing outside the Samoa centre partnership of Seilala Mapusua and Elvis Seveali’i.
He said: “It’s dream to play with Maps and those people. It’s awesome to be stepping out on to the pitch with them.
“They help me massively on the pitch, in the changing room and anything you need they are always there to give you a hand.”
Thompstone is confident that Irish can outgun the Warriors.
He said: “We’re more than capable of putting up a good fight and it should be a good game.
“It’s a real important one. We haven’t won for a while and we need to get back on track.”
London Irish: Homer; Thompstone, Seveali’i, Mapusua, Tagicakibau; Catt, Hodgson; Dermody, Coetzee, Lea’aetoa; Hudson, Johnston; Thorpe, Danaher, Hala’Ufia. Reps: Buckland, S Armitage, Roche, Richards, Corbisiero, Skuse, Fisher.