So much on the line

George Skivington and the London Irish squad face a difficult end to the season even with home advantage.

In our four remaining home matches this season, we have to play three of the sides that are around us in the battle to avoid the drop.

Being at home for games against London Welsh, Sale, Worcester is obviously better that going on our travels to face them.

But i just don't buy into the idea that that makes us favourites to escape the trouble at the bottom.

When it gets to this stage of the season, there is simply so much on the line. As an individual, whether you are playing away or at home, you have the same goals and the same determination.

I dare say, determination, turns into desperation at this stage of the year.

At the top, the sides are desperate to end the season with a place in the play-offs and, at the bottom, blokes are playing for their futures at the club, their livelihood and their mortgages.

It's that stark a reality.

From our point of view, we need to make sure that we are in good shape by the final game of the season in round 22. We have to go to Leicester on the last weekend and I know, having played for them, how tough an ask that can be if you need points to stay up.

Of course, this situation is absolutely great for the league. But not so great for those of involved in the tension every weekend!

We came back down to Earth with a bang last weekend when we took a heavy defeat at Bath, just a week after our best win of the season over Saracens at the Madejski.

The win over Sarries was our most complete performance of the whole year and the boys played some really good stuff.

We were both physical and effective in everything we did and we put in an 80-minute shift to be proud of.

It's taken us a long time and a lot of hard work to get to that point. I guess our timing is good with just seven matches left.

If we ever needed any reminder not to believe any press or hype that we are better than we are, the 40-16 loss at Bath was just that reminder.

It was a real spanking.

We know that we are capable of winning the big games. We just have to add that consistency to our game in the final seven matches.

If we can do that, we will be alright.


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