Exiles’ tries will come – Skivington

Date published: October 7 2014

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London Irish’s lack of tries so far this season is not a concern for the Premiership side’s captain and second-row George Skivington.

London Irish’s lack of tries so far this season is not a concern for the Premiership side’s captain George Skivington.

The second-row is also confident the Exiles’ narrow losses will soon turn into wins.

“We’ve certainly played good rugby and opened people up, even if we haven’t finished all the opportunities we’ve had,” he said.

Irish sit in mid-table with two wins from five games having recorded away victories at Newcastle Falcons and Leicester Tigers.

But the Exiles also impressed against Harlequins and Saracens despite losing the close encounters and, following another tight loss on Saturday – this time at the hands of champions Northampton Saints – the 31-year-old stressed that patience is the key.

“We’re relatively satisfied with the way we’ve come through the first five games,” he added.

“But on the same note we are really hungry to make an impact in the league and be the best we can.

“We are learning as we go as we’re still a developing team. The guys are working together but some of them have only played five games together, so there’s still a lot to be learned here.

“The amount of tries we’ve scored is not a major concern for me, results are more important and how you come about those results.

“We’ve certainly played good rugby and opened people up even if we haven’t finished all the opportunities we’ve had.

“We’re not a dull rugby team, so that kind of thing will take care of itself as the season goes on. We’re not going to push our luck just to try and score a couple of extra tries here and there.

“We have a dangerous back-line and some forwards who can do some good stuff as well so I’m confident the tries will come.”

The Exiles have scored just seven tries from five games so far this season, with four of those coming in the narrow defeat to Saracens in round three.

They have instead been relying heavily on the experienced boot of Shane Geraghty, who kicked all the Irish points on Saturday and has 63 to his name already this season.

And Skivington was keen to praise the centre for his performances since stepping in for the injured Tom Homer.

“Shane has been great so far,” he said.

“He’s slotting kicks from all sorts of angles so he’s certainly confident from the kicking tee at the moment.

“He’s always been an integral part of the team over the past couple of seasons and now he’s really coming true.

‘It’s great know that he will take those three points when they’re on offer.

“He’s definitely good enough to be playing for England. I’d always back him so hopefully he can carry on as he is and they will have a good look at him leading into the World Cup.”

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