Planet Rugby

Speed of game surprises O'Connor

04th November 2013 06:42

Share:

James O Connor 2013

Went well: James O'Connor

London Irish new boy James O'Connor was surprised at the pace of the game after falling to defeat to Northampton on his Premiership debut Sunday.

The Exiles went down 19-14 to the Saints in a decent performance at the Madejski Stadium, with O'Connor taken aback by the pace of the game.

"The speed of the game was very surprising," said the Australian star, who has scored 223 points in 44 appearances for his country.

"I thought Super Rugby was fast, but I was really blowing out there, that's for sure.

"It felt great. The club and all the boys have been awesome since I arrived and I am really looking forward to my time here.

"I didn't feel 100 percent and can get better. I wanted to perform. It was one of the best pitches I have played on. It was just a shame we could not get the win."

London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith said O'Connor's performance was "outstanding".

"He's 23 and is still just a kid who gets up in the morning and puts his trousers on one leg at a time like everyone else," Smith added.

"A lot has happened quickly to him, but he's settled in straight away and showed his class today. The boys enjoyed playing with him today.

"We see him as a 15, even though many see him as a jack of all trades who has played right along the back line. And he wants to establish himself as a full-back."

  • Aviva Prem Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , May 2
Bath vs Northampton19:45
Saturday , May 3
Saracens vs Worcester15:00
Wasps vs Newcastle15:00
Gloucester vs London Irish15:00
Sale vs Leicester15:15
Sunday , May 4
Exeter vs Harlequins14:00
Saturday , May 10
London Irish vs Sale15:15
Newcastle vs Exeter15:15
Leicester vs Saracens15:15
Northampton vs Wasps15:15
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
  • Aviva Prem Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 20
Northampton 36 - 21 London IrishNorthampton vs London Irish Report
Newcastle 18 - 23 SaracensNewcastle vs Saracens Report
Saturday , April 19
Bath 32 - 20 WorcesterBath vs Worcester Report
Exeter 12 - 55 SaleExeter vs Sale Report
Wasps 38 - 30 GloucesterWasps vs Gloucester Report
Friday , April 18
Harlequins 24 - 20 LeicesterHarlequins vs Leicester Report
Sunday , April 13
Saracens 28 - 24 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Irish 40 - 12 NewcastleLondon Irish vs Newcastle Report
Saturday , April 12
Leicester 27 - 15 WaspsLeicester vs Wasps Report
Worcester 33 - 38 ExeterWorcester vs Exeter Report
More Aviva Premiership results
  • Aviva Prem Table
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens2080
2Northampton2071
3Bath2064
4Leicester Tigers2064
5Harlequins2058