Joseph targeting play-offs

London Irish centre insists Exiles can bounce back

By Tony Curtis - Follow me on Twitter @SkysportsTC.   Last Updated: 01/03/12 9:01am

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Jonathan Joseph claims the London Irish squad are determined to "rectify" individual errors as they push towards the Aviva Premiership play-offs.

A run of three defeats - to Harlequins, Newcastle and Northampton - has seen the Exiles drop to eighth in the table and 10 points off fourth spot.

Irish now face struggling Wasps on Saturday knowing that they have six games left to turn their season around.

Having been exposed defensively at times in their run of loses, particularly when Northampton snatched a 30-23 victory in the dying moments, Joseph insists the players are determined to set the record straight.

And the 20-year-old centre is confident that the Exiles can kick-start their push towards the top-four places.

"We definitely believe we can make the play-offs," Joseph told Sky Sports. "We obviously know that results in recent games haven't gone our way.

"Against Saints it was just a few individual errors that cost us, while we know that perhaps we weren't all there.

"We are looking forward to Wasps, though, so we can rectify a few mistakes and right some wrongs."
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"We are looking forward to Wasps, though, so we can rectify a few mistakes and right some wrongs."


The Exiles are well aware that they have already come unstuck against bottom club Falcons but Joseph, who has scored 13 tries in 37 appearances since graduating through the academy set-up, insists the players will not underestimate the challenge at Adams Park.

"We go into every game as if it is the same," said Joseph.

"We know that Wasps have some very good players but they just haven't had any luck. I am sure they will come out and give it their best shot but we are aware of the threats."

Although Wasps are on their own terrible run, they showed some attacking intent in their defeat to Sale last time out - but Joseph claims that the Exiles players have been working hard on addressing the problems.

"We have a system and if individuals come out of that system then that causes us problems," added Joseph.

"It is something we have spoken about as players and we have been trying to improve.

"I made an error last week and I put my hand up while other players have done the same so we all know. It is about now putting things right."

Jonathan Joseph of London Irish was speaking courtesy of Gatorade. Team-mates Jebb Sinclair, Richard Thorpe and Adrian Jarvis joined him to offer tips and advice to amateur side Eton Manor as part of Gatorade's Save Your Season program. For more visit

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