Round-up: Booth makes no excuses as Exiles stutter

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London Irish head coach Toby Booth refused to blame big-name absentees for his side's stuttering form after seeing struggling Worcester hold last season's Premiership finalists to a 16-16 draw at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

The Exiles have a lengthy injury list, which includes international backs Sailosi Tagicakibau, Delon Armitage and Topsy Ojo, who should return to training within the next fortnight.

"Obviously, you miss the best resources but that gives other people opportunities to stake a claim and that's part of the long-term plan. We just have to work hard and work our way through it," Booth said.

Mike Ruddock, Worcester's director of rugby, was delighted with the two points, their third draw in succession, but claimed the Warriors deserved to register a first away win of the season. "I thought it was a winning performance by us, I thought we deserved to win the game and we were the stronger side overall and made less errors," he said.

Gloucester, meanwhile, posted only their fourth Premiership win of the campaign by seeing off a disappointing Newcastle 25-13 at Kingsholm.

Wales international fly-half Nicky Robinson kicked 20 points, including the conversion of wing Charlie Sharples's early try, to grind down the Falcons.