Toby Booth calls on London Irish to minimise mistakes
September 10, 2010
Toby Booth believes London Irish will need to keep mistakes to a minimum tomorrow to prevent Bath from notching their 100th league win at the Rec.
The Exiles coach said: “In the early rounds of the Premiership it’s about the side that makes less mistakes.
“The stats from (London Irish’s 33-16 win over Saracens) last week would prove that they made twice as many mistakes as we did and we won the game quite comfortably.”
Bath have not lost at home in the Premiership since their 16-0 defeat at the hands of London Irish in November last year. Fly-half Ryan Lamb contributed all Exiles’ points, scoring a try, a conversion, a drop goal and two penalties on a wet Friday night.
And Booth laughed: “Let’s hope it’s raining then!”
Whatever the weather, Exiles boss is convinced that scrums and line-outs will be crucial.
He added: “Lee Mears is an excellent thrower of the ball. We’ve got to get parity at set pieces as both sides have got attacking players who can play with the ball in hand.”
Matt Banahan, who started his career in the front five at London Irish before being converted to a winger at Bath, lined up as a 6ft 7in centre for their 32-16 win at Leeds last Saturday.
But Booth said: “I understand Olly Barkley hurt his thumb in the warm-up, so Banahan was put in at 13 as emergency cover. I don’t expect that to be the situation at Bath this weekend.”