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Carter expecting no let-up with Irish visit

Luke Carter is in no doubt about what to expect when London Irish visit Vallis Way in the Greene King IPA Championship on Saturday.

The Exiles are top of the table with 13 wins from 13 and while they lost their most recent match, 26-24 to Ospreys Premiership Select in the British and Irish Cup last time out, they had already qualified for the Cup quarterfinals. 

“It should be a big test and good to see where we’re at,” Carter said. “We had a big test last weekend against Yorkshire and hopefully we can carry that form through to this weekend. 

“We know they’re going to pose a big threat and we be able to measure ourselves and see where we’re at, at the moment.”

Like Irish, Ealing Trailfinders go into the match following a Cup loss, 14-10 away to Yorkshire Carnegie at Scarborough RFC. 

The losing bonus point ensured that Ben Ward’s team topped the pool and they now face Scarlets Premiership Select at home in the quarters on 11 March. 

“We did what we needed in the first half and probably let it slip and should have got the win,” he said. “The boys we’re very frustrated with that at the end, but we knew we needed a point for a home quarter and we went up there and did that and we have a home quarter now. 

“You want to do something in that week otherwise it would just be a week off and a time to go stale between league games. It will keep us going and hopefully we can use that form and keep it going into the league.”

Carter scored Ealing Trailfinders’ only try of the match, his second in consecutive matches.

With Alex Walker and Josh Davies pushing him hard for the number nine jersey it is the kind of form that he will need to maintain to keep hold of it. 

“It’s taken me a bit of time to get the shirt and I’ve had it now the last three or four weeks,” he said. “I’ve found a bit of form, but it is good to keep playing and get continuous game time, but the squad is playing well, so it has been quite easy to fit into.”