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Ollie Hoskins confident of causing an upset against Northampton on Friday evening

Posted on 23 January 2020 by Hamish Percy

Tighthead prop Ollie Hoskins is confident that London Irish can win against in-form Northampton Saints on Friday evening.

The exiles currently sit tenth in the Premiership table on 13 points while their opposition are second in the table with 28 points, just one point behind league leaders Exeter Chiefs.

The Saints come into this fixture in scintillating form, winning and scoring 30+ points in each of their last four fixtures. Whereas, the Exiles are much the opposite, having lost their last 4 fixtures.

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George Furbank (left), Dan Biggar (right)

However, Saints will be without eight of their key players including Dan Biggar and George Furbank who will be at training camps for the 6 nations with Wales and England respectively.

Irish were unfortunate to narrowly lose 25-17 last time they visited Franklin’s Gardens and Hoskins is confident they can get a result.

“It is a big game for the club, especially as we haven’t had the most ideal couple of months over the Christmas period,” Hoskins said.

“Hopefully we can put in a good performance that we can be proud of and we owe our fans a good performance.

“We are going in there with the full intention to cause an upset.”

The Saints have been one of the most exciting sides to watch this season and Australian Hoskins was certainly complimentary of their game.

“They are playing really good expansive rugby and they have a good set-piece, so we are under no illusions that it’s going to be a really hard test for us,” Hoskins said.

“We are up for it; we have had some good sessions and we are ready to rip in.

“We are going there to win.”

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Ollie Hoskins vs Exeter

And with a move to Brentford’s New Community Stadium on the Horizon Hoskins is excited for the change.

Reading has been great for the club since for the four seasons I have been here,” Hoskins said.

“We are excited for a change, the stadium is looking awesome and hopefully we can start putting in some performances which will entice some people to get there next season and cheer us on.”