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London Irish's Chris Malone is focused for Brive return

Chris Malone
Malone scored his first try for the Exiles in Brive

London Irish fly-half Chris Malone says they will not be taking Heineken Cup opponents Brive lightly this Saturday.

The Exiles beat Brive 36-3 in France last weekend but Malone says they will not allow complacency to set it.

He told BBC Berkshire: "Our last away win in the Heineken Cup was against Leinster and we didn't back it up with a win against Llanelli.

"It's been a while since we put in a good performance at home, so we're just concentrating on that."

He added: "I remember at the start of the season when I was still injured watching us play and thinking, if you were a neutral, London Irish are the team you'd want to watch. We want to get back to playing that way."

Malone scored his first try for the Exiles in Brive and was pleased with his all-round performance.

"That's the thing I think I've always brought to playing the game - that control. That's what I was brought up to play as a 10.

"The job is to get the team around the park, to play the corners and to make sure we're making the right calls at the right times. On Saturday predominantly we did that.

"They would probably be disappointed with the way they played and will come all guns blazing this weekend.

"But ultimately we put them under a lot of duress throughout the whole game with the width and the tempo which we played and that's stressful for a defence and eventually we broke them down."

Head coach Toby Booth now has to decide whether to start with Malone again on Saturday or revert to Ryan Lamb.

Malone says the competition for the fly-half position is good for the players and the club.

"Both of us are mature enough to realise that's how it's got to be. Hopefully we're both in good form, so the coaches could pick either of us. The season's that long that you need both guys playing well.

"Lamby probably got the jump on me a bit, so he's played a few more games, but who knows what will happen in the second half of the season. But the most important thing is whether he plays 10 or I play 10, London Irish win."

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