Kidney hails Exiles' 'bucket loads of attitude'
PREMIERSHIP REACTION: London Irish Director of Rugby Declan Kidney said his team displayed “bucket loads of attitude” as they carved out a 27-27 draw against second-placed Bristol in the English Premiership on Sunday.
Sixth-placed London Irish overcame a red-card for prop Ollie Hoskins for a shoulder charge to the face of Bristol lock Chris Vui.
“It was one of the better draws I have been involved in as you don’t want to go down to 14 men against a flowing side like Bristol,” said Kidney.
“The one thing you can’t coach is attitude but I thought we had bucket loads of that today [Sunday].”
📹 | REACTION: @motz02 was proud of the determination of the squad to grind out a draw with 14 men for most of the game.
🗣 “We did really well to adapt as the game went on.”
— London Irish (@LiRFC) December 1, 2019
In a second half which featured six tries, Bristol scored four of them through Nathan Hughes, Charles Piutau, Ed Holmes and Harry Thacker.
Ben Meehan, Waisake Naholo and Tom Parton crossed for Irish.
In the day’s other game, Billy Twelvetrees missed a simple late penalty as Harlequins held on for a 23-19 victory over Gloucester for just a second win of the season.
Quins led 20-19 late on before Twelvetrees, on as a second-half replacement, had the chance to end Gloucester’s five-game losing run.
But his simple penalty from in front was pushed wide in the windy conditions in London before Marcus Smith showed him how it was done with a penalty of his own in the closing moments.
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