Paice heralds London Irish's new scrummaging techniqueBy Alan Manicom
September 27, 2012
David Paice believes London Irish scrummaged better in their 29-22 win over Bath than they have done for many years.
Exiles’ hooker insists the work the pack have been doing with new forwards coach Glenn Delaney is finally paying off.
He said: “Glen has brought in a lot of good new stuff and it has taken a while for us all to adapt.”
Paice declined to go into detail, but added: “Max Lahiff has been scrummaging a certain way all his career and I have not changed the way I do it for a long time.
"But the scrum at the weekend was the best I have seen by a London Irish team for years.
"It was unbelievable. We have taken huge strides forwards.”
Paice played the final 23 minutes at Madejski Stadium on Saturday after being suspended for the club’s first three games of the season.
He said: “It was great to come back and play and good to get that monkey off our back and get that first win.
"Watching those first three defeats was very tough.
“We were training very well, but the results did not reflect that.
"It just took time for us to get used to the different processes involved.”
Irish visit Sixways in the Aviva Premiership tonight and Paice is hoping to help the club extend an 11-match unbeaten run against Worcester that stretches back to 2005.
He said: “Our winning record against Worcester surprises me because I have always rated them as a team.
"They are very tough to play against with a great scrum and forward pack.
"Dean Schofield is always in your face and Matt Mullan is a great player.
“I am not going to expect any different. Worcester are very under-rated and can punish teams.”
Paice has ambitions of breaking into the England squad, but he acknowledges: “For me to make England, London Irish have to do well and that is what I am focusing on.”