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London Irish wary of Scarlets threat - Declan Danaher

Declan Danaher
Danaher's injury against Scarlets has ruled him out for the rest of the season

London Irish flanker Declan Danaher says the team will be better focussed for their Heineken Cup match at the Scarlets than last time.

Scarlets beat the Exiles 27-25 when the two met in Reading in October.

Danaher told BBC Berkshire: "I think we were over-confident having won the week before at Leinster. Perhaps we began to believe the hype.

"We didn't play particularly badly, but we let them get too much of a grip on the game and never imposed ourselves."

Irish are currently second in the pool behind Leinster on points difference. Scarlets are third and lost their last two matches to Leinster, but Danaher says that counts for nothing.

"They were beaten pretty badly in two games in the Heineken Cup against Leinster, but they're a good side," he said.

"It definitely hasn't done us any favours. They've a point to prove now and they'll have a lot of belief from having beaten us before."

Danaher added that although the potential pool decider against Leinster at Twickenham is looming, Irish's focus is entirely on the game in Wales.

"We don't want to make that game any bigger than it is. We need to go away and win - if we lose, that game against Leinster becomes even bigger with even more pressure," said Danaher

"The best way to ease some of that pressure is with a good win down at Scarlets."

Danaher misses the game at Llanelli due to the injury he picked up against the Scarlets in October, but he said the squad is looking in good shape.

"The only two people with long-term injuries at the moment are me and Adam Thompstone," he added.

"There are a couple of people with little niggles but nothing major. If anything the snow has been a bit of a blessing because they've managed to get some of the people with niggles back to full fitness."

Scarlets v London Irish kicks off at 1245 GMT on Sunday, 17 January and is live on BBC Berkshire.

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