Brian Smith, the Director of Rugby of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Irish rued the club’s growing list of injury woes as his side fell to a 20-11 defeat at the hands of the reigning champions the Leicester Tigers at Welford Road over the weekend.
To compound his squad’s injury problems, hooker David Paice had to be taken off towards the end of the first half with what is being suspected as a broken arm. To add insult to injury, several others of the first team squad sustained injuries during the defeat to the Tigers.
On the injury sustained by his star hooker, Smith stated that a broken arm is probably one of the hardest things to take, adding that it was like pouring salt into a wound.
The London Irish went on to add that the team has picked up quite a few injuries and they have to work out how to handle things now. He went on to add that Marland Yarde made a really big save for them to prevent a try that kept his side in the game, adding that they held on to it as a team for another five or ten minutes but he has also sustained an injury on his quad.
Moreover, James O’Connor has also pulled up a muscle and he also looks in doubt for next weekend.
Speaking of the match, Smith maintained that he was proud of the way his boys fought it out against the champions in a match they were expected to be mauled but that was hardly the case and the Tigers had to put all their energy into it to get a result from the resilient London Irish side.
But he acknowledged that the Leicester Tigers deserved the win on the whole.