Home comforts boost Rogerson hopes

21 February 2021 03:30:47 GMTPlus10

London Irish back-row Matt Rogerson is hoping his team can build on their excellent home form when they host Premiership leaders Bristol Bears on Sunday.

Irish sit eighth in the Premiership standings having won only three of their opening nine fixtures, but each of their victories were recorded at their beloved Brentford Community Stadium.

From just four home games, Declan Kidney's side have claimed the scalps of Leicester Tigers, Newcastle Falcons and latterly Gloucester.

We've got a decent record at our new stadium.

Matt Rogerson

Irish's only defeat on home turf came against fourth-placed Sale Sharks, who won 21-13 having been level at the break.

The Exiles were unbeaten in five matches across all competitions prior to last weekend's poor showing at Exeter Chiefs, who won 26-3 and capitalised on Motu Matu's red card.

However, Rogerson is hoping the return to their own patch can spark an improved performance against the pace-setting Bears.

The 27-year-old was full of praise for the league leaders and told London Irish's official website: "Bristol are a hugely impressive team in terms of their attacking play.

"They get a lot of points on the board, scoring a lot of tries, so we know what we're up against on Sunday."

But Rogerson, who is set to captain the side, added: "But I'd back our lads to improve on what happened at Exeter last weekend – and really bounce back with a positive performance.

"We've got a decent record at our new stadium so far, and we'll be looking to build on that record this weekend."

London Irish are 12/5 to inflict just a second Premiership defeat of the season on table-toppers Bristol Bears, who are 1/3.

The Exiles are 10/11 with a +8 head start.

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