Aviva Premiership
Danaher: We are making Edwards 'look silly'
ESPN Staff
September 18, 2012
Wasps' Tom Varndell celebrates en route to the try line, Wasps v London Irish, Aviva Premiership, Adams Park, London, September 15, 2012
Wasps' Tom Varndell runs in a try against London Irish on Saturday © Getty Images
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London Irish skipper Declan Danaher insists that the side are doing all they can to put right their terrible start to the season and admits that they are making new defence coach Shaun Edwards "look silly".

The Exiles have lost all of their opening matches in the current Aviva Premiership season and have shipped 123 points in the process. London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith insists there is "no reason to panic" and they will welcome Bath to the Madejski Stadium on Saturday. The West Country side boast former Exiles coaches Toby Booth and Neil Hatley in their ranks and Danaher has called on his side to produce a full 80 minute performance against Bath.

"On a personal level this is all I think about and I am as desperate for that first win as the supporters are," Danaher told BBC Radio Berkshire."I appreciate anyone who comes out to support us and I assure them that we as a team are trying to put things right.

"We learn from our mistakes, we will kick on and get ready for what will be a massive, massive game this weekend. It's not being brushed under the carpet, it is something we speak about every week. We've got to stay in games for 80 minutes, those last 15 minutes are killing us.

"These penalties we are conceding just undo all our hard work. We are giving away stupid penalties and we have to produce an 80-minute performance. We are looking at the videos, analysing our mistakes and if we can concentrate for 80 minutes then we can try and win a game."

Wales coach Edwards was brought in by Smith back in May but their defence has been leaky so far. "We are letting down the best defensive coach in the northern hemisphere, maybe the world, and making him look silly," Danaher said. "He is a fantastic guy and an inspirational character. I've enjoyed working with him and we need to carry out his orders for 80 minutes."

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