Catt hails Exiles' cutting edge
September 25, 2010
London Irish winger Jonathan Joseph crossed twice during his side's win at Newcastle © Getty Images
London Irish attack coach Mike Catt was a satisfied man after watching his back-line rip the Newcastle Falcons defence to shreds in Saturday's 46-12 victory at Kingston Park.
Topsy Ojo bagged a hat-trick for the Exiles, fellow winger Jonathan Joseph struck twice, while there was also a try for centre Daniel Bowden. Fly-half Ryan Lamb converted five of the six tries as well as adding two penalties to end with 16 points to his name.
"Topsy had a really bad time last year and it's just great to see him back with a smile on his face," Catt said. "We have a fantastic group of young players and when you look at Ojo, Armitage and Joseph, that's a fantastic trio.
"Ryan was clinical and composed and didn't throw any silly ones out there which he has been prone to do and (Seilala) Mapusua showed what three months' full pre-season prep can do - he has always been with Samoa before. That showed today: he was unbelievable.
"Two years ago, we had the ruthlessness and killer instinct and we lost that last year but now we have got it back. Everything was spot-on today and for us to come to Newcastle and do what we did shows how much we have improved."
In complete contrast to Catt, Newcastle Falcons boss Alan Tait was utterly despondent after the game, admitting that his side had been completely outclassed.
"There aren't any real positives we can take out of a hammering, but when you are beaten by a far better side, it makes it a little easier to swallow and they were a far superior side," he said.
"The try just before half-time was a real killer blow and there were signs of panic from us at times and we'll have to have a look at that and try and address it. But there is no miracle cure, we have to get on with it and we have a couple of A team games coming up and some of the players today may find themselves having to play in those matches and I will have to look at possibly giving some of those A team players their chance."