Coventry has hope for Irish

Date published: April 18 2016

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London Irish are facing relegation – for the first time in the club's history – after suffering a 13-6 defeat to Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park in Premiership on Sunday.

Victories in either of their two remaining matches will be a tough ask for Irish. 

The Exiles host Harlequins at the Madejski Stadium on May 1, and a week later they travel to Ricoh Arena to face second-placed Wasps.

Irish head coach Tom Coventry remains positive despite being on the brink of dropping out of the Premiership for the first time.

"It's not a hopeless situation but we're going to have to be very good to beat two very good teams," Coventry told Express.

"Missing out on bonus points along the way this season has hurt us a lot. 

"We had such a bad start to the season where we didn't pick up any and it is probably telling now.

"We created a lot today but we weren't able to finish. It's probably a sign of where we are at, just lacking a bit of confidence."

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