FORWARDS coach George Skivington believes London Irish produced their best display of the season in thrashing Cornish Pirates 64-17 in the Championship Cup on Sunday, writes Richard Ashton.

Exiles ran in nine tries as they obliterated their visitors, and Skivington admitted: I think it was the most rounded performance of the season.

"The way we started early on, the handling, the lines, the bits and pieces which have been close to coming together, did come together.

"The boys fed off that and built momentum, and the tries came from all different aspects of our play."

Irish again shuffled their starting line-up with Terrence Hepetema making his debut at inside centre and Academy star Isaac Curtis-Harris starting at flanker, while there were other youngsters who caught the eye.

And a delighted Skivington stated: "Terrence showed his quality and I'm sure he's going to get better and better.

"Isaac did really well, he had a barnstorming run at the end, but for me, he did the niggly bits around the scrum and the breakdown well. He's taken huge strides forward and he's a good lad."

"Matt (Williams), Jack (Cooke) and Ben (Loader) are serious athletes and the future of the club. It was great to see them do in the game what they do in training. They brought loads of energy."

Scrum-half Scott Steele made his 100th appearance for the club in a man-of-the-match display, and he told the Chronicle: "It was a good win. We knew it was going to be a tough game – they'd given us a tough game in the Championship, so to beat them again is good.

"It all came together. It's been coming for a while and we had a really good training week. We knew it was going to come down to workrate because they're a tough side and I think we got that right."

And reflecting on his milestone, he commented: "When I came here four-and-a-bit-years ago I'd have been delighted with just a couple of caps in my first year, but I'm really proud to have got to 100 games for London Irish."