Shamed Exiles eye redemption against Saints

LONDON Irish forward Jon Fisher admits they were “embarrassed” by last month’s heavy defeat at Bath Rugby and, despite bouncing back against London Wasps, insists any thoughts they are safe from relegation are banned.

Fisher returned after five months out with a broken arm in the 40-16 defeat at Bath a fortnight ago, a result that left the club looking nervously over their shoulders as resurgent Sale Sharks closed the gap at the bottom of the Aviva Premiership.

But, after a week of introspection, Irish responded in style last weekend, beating London Wasps 30-19 to open up a five-point cushion over bottom club Sale, while fellow strugglers London Welsh lost heavily at Exeter Chiefs.

The Exiles visit Northampton Saints tomorrow and back-row Fisher insists the players will not be letting up during the run-in as they look to end a miserable season on a high.

“The game at Bath was embarrassing and I think you have to take things like that personally as a forward pack. We weren’t good enough,” said Fisher.

“We were counting down the days to get out there and change things so fortunately we were able to do that against Wasps. Obviously we still need to take a step forwards in certain areas but it was a much-improved performance.

“It’s still very tight with one or two points in it. Although we won against Wasps, we’ve won big games at home previously. The crucial importance now is a massive test this weekend against Northampton.”

Wasps will be looking to respond to the loss of their five-game winning streak when they travel to Worcester this evening, while champions Harlequins will be out for revenge against Exeter tomorrow, having lost at Sandy Park earlier in the season.

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