ON Welsh assistant coach Ollie Smith insists his side will not surrender to the demands of the Premiership despite conceding their 400th point of the season during a 43-14 loss to Northampton at the Kassam Stadium yesterday.
The reigning champions scored seven tries in their bonus point win to return to the table’s summit, while the Exiles remain bottom and 11 points adrift of London Irish in 11th, having shipped 412 points from nine games. “We’re in this for the long haul and one thing this London Welsh group don’t do is just roll over. We’ll keep sticking there until the end,” said Smith.
London Irish failed to inflict a fourth straight defeat on Gloucester as the Cherry and Whites ended their recent slump with a 21-9 win at the Madejski Stadium. The capital endured a miserable weekend across the board as Wasps lost 18-16 at Leicester on Saturday as Saracens were dispatched 27-19 by Exeter at Sandy Park, while Harlequins lost 25-6 at Bath on Friday night.