Declan Danaher vows to stop London Irish slump

London Irish captain Declan Danaher has vowed to help turn around their poor start to the new Premiership season.

The Exiles are bottom of the league, without a point, and this weekend face a grudge match against Bath, who are coached by former boss Toby Booth.

And Danaher says everything is being done to address their worrying start.

"On a personal level this is all I think about and I am as desperate for that first win as the supporters are," Danaher told BBC Radio Berkshire.


"What has been most worrying for London Irish supporters is that the team has not learned from the mistakes they have been making.

"Despite the promises of better discipline this season, their downfall is at least in part due to the high number of penalties they've conceded in all three games, conceding too many points but also repeatedly throwing away field position.

"The capitulation in the latter stages of the matches is also clearly a worry. More positively, they looked dangerous with the ball in hand against Gloucester and Wasps; and poor discipline is something that can - and surely will - be rectified."

Irish have so far lost to Saracens, Gloucester and Wasps and pre-season optimism has quickly been replaced by cynicism by supporters.

"I appreciate anyone who comes out to support us and I assure them that we as a team are trying to put things right," said Danaher.

"No stone is being left unturned in our preparation for this weekend."

Ill discipline has been an early season feature of Irish's performances and Danaher says they cannot dwell on their poor start and must instead focus on addressing their penalty count.

"It's over now. Nothing we can do or say can change it," he said.

"We learn from our mistakes, we will kick on and get ready for what will be a massive, massive game this weekend.

"It's not being brushed under the carpet, it is something we speak about every week. We've got to stay in games for 80 minutes, those last 15 minutes are killing us.

"These penalties we are conceding just undo all our hard work. We are giving away stupid penalties and we have to produce an 80-minute performance.

"We are looking at the videos, analysing our mistakes and if we can concentrate for 80 minutes then we can try and win a game."

Wales coach Shaun Edwards had been brought into help improve London Irish's defence and Danaher admits the players have let him down.

"We are letting down the best defensive coach in the northern hemisphere, maybe the world, and making him look silly," he said.

"He is a fantastic guy and an inspirational character. I've enjoyed working with him and we need to carry out his orders for 80 minutes."