Booth: London Irish will be underdogsBy Alan Manicom
September 23, 2009
Toby Booth believes London Irish will go into this Sunday’s table-topping showdown with London Wasps as underdogs, despite scoring 96 points and running in 11 tries in the course of two dazzling victories.
The London Irish boss is determined that his side will not get carried away after following up their 40-10 demolition of Gloucester with a 56-7 thrashing of Leeds Carnegie last Sunday.
And he has warned that the Guinness Premiership leaders will be a totally different proposition in four days time.
Booth said: “Wasps are a very, very good side and have started well under Tony Hanks.
“They have built up a bit of momentum, whereas we had a bit of a mixed start (losing 18-14 to Saracens).
“We also had the easier win last weekend against Leeds. If anything I think we will almost be slight underdogs.
“They have such a fantastic track record.”
Victory over Wasps, though, would see Irish go top of the table if second-placed Saracens fail to win at home to Gloucester.
But Booth cautioned against putting too much significance on the outcome of Sunday’s game at Madejski Stadium (3pm kick-off).
He said: “We will not lose sight of the fact that this is only game four of a long season.”
London Irish have picked up a bonus point in all three of their games so far and Booth said: “They have proved to be so important in the final reckoning.”
After scoring their bonus-point fourth try against Leeds last weekend, Exiles went on to cross three more times.
And it was that relentless approach that gave Booth the most pleasure.
He added: “We did not fall away. We kept the pressure on.
“That shows an improving mentality of the group and how they view playing away because you have to battle for everything.”