Clarke Dermody backs power pack to shine againBy Alan Manicom
September 18, 2009
Clarke Dermody believes London Irish’s power pack can lay the foundations for another impressive victory on Sunday at newly promoted Leeds Carnegie.
Exiles destroyed Gloucester up front as they romped to their first Guinness Premiership win of the season at Madejski Stadium last Sunday.
And the loose-head prop said: “It was important to get that first win under the belt.
“After losing the first game, you don’t want to go down that road where you are still looking for that first win – and to win in the fashion that we did was pretty pleasing.
“Our game plan was to take them on physically and play with the tempo that we like to bring to the game. Things went our way and we got that fourth try right at the end which really topped things off.”
Dermody believes London Irish’s options at front row are the best they have been since he came to the club from New Zealand three years ago.
He and the other two members of the starting front row, Danie Coetzee and Paulica Ion, had been replaced by Dan Murphy, James Buckland and Faan Rautenbach when Gloucester were put under so much pressure that they conceded a penalty try.
“I was off the field then, but it came from a scrum,” said Dermody. “I’d assumed that the ref might have penalised Gloucester for taking the scrum down five metres out.”
With a couple of England Saxons players to call upon in the shape of hooker David Paice and prop Alex Corbisiero, Irish have plenty of strength in depth in the front row.
And Dermody said: “It has really developed since I’ve been here. It’s been the same guys but we are seeing the proof of us actually being together for so long. It takes a while to get combinations right and now we are starting to work together a bit more the scrum is really starting to perform.
“This year we’ve put a lot of emphasis on line-outs and scrums. In pre-season we put a lot of work in. The whole tight five have been together for two or three years so the proof is there. Hopefully everyone stays injury free and we can have a good run.
“I’ve never been up to play at Leeds but from what I’ve heard it is pretty tough place to go and play. They are pretty territorial on their own patch so I’d say it is going to be pretty tough.
“But if we can bring the same sort of intensity that we have shown at home and take that on the road then we should be all right. It is up to us to immediately get up for an away game.
The 29-year-old former All Black added: “Being over here, I have no international ambitions. The club is as good as it gets for me. I just want to perform week in, week out as best as I can and win some silverware this year.”