Following the victory, Davis echoed Dai Young’s message about momentum, saying that the winning record the side now have is key to success when going back into domestic action.
“We challenged the guys before the game to keep the momentum that we have going. That win makes it eight wins from the last nine games and to maintain that momentum with four really big Aviva Premiership games around the corner is crucial.”
The weather started off brightly and the game duly obliged with some brilliant free-flowing rugby but the weather soon turned sour and the game followed in kind. However, Davis said the coaching staff were pleased with the way the team reacted to the conditions.
“It wasn’t great weather for either side out there but I thought that we controlled the first 40 minutes very well and we were always going to be under a bit of pressure in the second half going into the wind and the rain but I thought that we battled well. We’re really pleased that we dug in there for the last period and defended very well in our red zone to hold them out.”
The nature of the LV=Cup meant that a number of players were rested for the fixture, which gave a few players a chance to get some game time under their belts. Davis said that a number of those players had put done themselves no harm with their performances.
“There were a number of players in the side who haven’t played as much as they have liked to have done in recent weeks and today was a really good opportunity for them to stick their hands up for selection. You look at the London Irish side that we faced today and there were some pretty well known names in there. We knew it was going to be a test for us.
“We want to be a top six team and to do that you have got to have the depth in your squad. All of the top sides up there have that ability to be able to rotate players to get the best out of them every week and today was very encouraging for us in that respect. A few of the guys really showed today that they are up there.”