Big win at Gloucester

George Skivington scored both of London Irish's tries against Gloucester

It was undoubtedly one of the best feelings of the season in the immediate aftermath of our win over Gloucester at Kingsholm on Saturday.

There were some tired legs in that London Irish changing room but it was a good tired, accompanied with smiling faces - not ones of disappointment.

To score both of our tries in the 18-12 win was nice but the boys really stuck together and produced a cracking team performance and that made it a really satisfying collective feeling.

That win, as good as it was, won’t make our season on it’s own. But it has proved to us that we can not only beat the top teams in the Aviva Premiership but that we can do it while protecting a lead in a hostile environment.

That knowledge will stand us in very good stead for some of the big games that will come in the remainder of the season.

Strange as it may seem when we had been on such a bad run of late but I had a feeling that it would be a good day before kick-off.

We decided to throw caution to the wind in the build up and have a couple of good old-school training session that were a real nod to the amateur era.

There are obvious arguments to protect yourselves in the training week and not risk any injuries. But, we were at the stage in the season where we had nothing to lose.

So, in the style of something that might happen at my former club, Leicester, we had a no-holds-barred tackling and rucking session.

It was good too because we have felt at times this season that we have been too soft in those areas.

I hope that approach will continue.

We also decided that we should be more brutal with each other in team meetings and review sessions and not paper over any cracks.

The approach to the game was spot on and the rewards were there for all to see.

After the game, it was nice to get changed, have some food and a drink and stand there not feeling embarrassed at an opposition ground, as we have done all too often this season.

I went to the cinema with my wife when I got home after the game and finally got to bed at about 2.30am because of the adrenalin flowing through my body.

Feeling shattered all day on Sunday was thoroughly worth it.

George Skivington says there was a no-holds-barred training at London Irish

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fleabane said...

08 January 2013 22:45,

Had you stayed, you would have become a Tigers Legend - we were sorry to see you leave, but pleased that you have been able to use your experience with us to roll Glaws over, and in front of the Shed! Just don't try it on us! ;-)

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