LONDON Irish head coach Les Kiss wants his side to start faster when they welcome Hartpury RFC to Madejski Stadium on Sunday (3pm).

Exiles made it four RFU Championship Cup wins from four with a 36-11 victory at Bedford Blues last Saturday, though they went into the interval trailing 11-10.

Irish were level at 7-7 after 32 minutes before they defeated Hartpury 35-7 in the first game of the competition, and Kiss is not underestimating their opponents ahead of Sunday’s showdown.

He said: “We’re very respectful of what Hartpury can do and last time it took us a while to break them down. It’s our home turf and we need to go out and get a fast start.

“When we played them last time we didn’t get the start to the game we’d have liked.

“We don’t have to score a lot of points early, but we have to do the small things better.

“When we do that we can get our set-piece going and our accuracy in passing.”

Reflecting on the victory at Bedford, which confirmed a spot in the quarter-finals for Exiles, Kiss bemoaned a lack of accuracy.

He commented: “When we managed to get near the line in the first half we just weren’t clinical enough, and the breakdown was a real tough area for us – we weren’t clearing people out.

“We possibly lacked a bit of energy and focus on the smaller details, but Stephen Myler did well, Brendan (McKibbin) controlled things well and Ollie Hoskins came on and did a lot of good.”