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Irish will bounce back - Geraghty

Shane Geraghty
Geraghty thinks there is a bright future for the Exiles (Getty)

Fly-half Shane Geraghty believes London Irish will come back stronger from Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final defeat by Toulouse.

The Exiles came within six points of causing an upset and Geraghty told BBC Radio Berkshire the defeat still hurts.

He said: "It's hard to watch it on the video. The opportunities we had were so clear cut. I'm still getting over it.

"But we're going to learn from the experience. Come Saturday and next season, we will be better for it."

He added: "There's a lot of self-belief here, which perhaps in the last couple of years we haven't had.

"As a team we truly believed we were going to beat Toulouse and in the last ten minutes we thought we were going to be in that final.

"It came down to the smallest of little errors and missed opportunities, and at top level rugby, those small chances are what decides the big games."

London Irish still have a chance of qualifying for next season's Heineken Cup. On Sunday they return to Premiership action with a home tie against already-relegated Leeds.

It's our last home game so we can go out all guns blazing and put on a big performance for the fans.

Shane Geraghty

Geraghty feels having another game so soon is the remedy the team needs.

He said: "We have to go out and enjoy the last two games of the season. The pressure's off us now as people don't expect us to get into the top six, so effectively we can go out and enjoy our rugby.

"It's our last home game so we can go out all guns blazing and put on a big performance for the fans. All the players just want to go out there and enjoy the game because we want to finish season on a high.

And despite the disappointment of losing to Toulouse, Geraghty thinks the Exiles do have a very bright future.

"We want to be in the top four and involved in semi-finals in Europe," he added.

"We're building new training facilities to help us compete with the best in Europe - it's encouraging that we have the backing of all the directors and chairman, so that we can get on with the rugby.

"The signings we're making each year are making us a better team and we have all the youngsters coming through."


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