Eddie keen Irish trip isn't a Wild Goose chase for Pats
OLD Patesians' tide must finally turn against London Irish Wild Geese tomorrow, says director of rugby Dan Eddie.
The Everest Road men have lost all three of their opening National Three South West fixtures and head to Middlesex to face a side buoyed by three victories.
Tightening the defence will be their number one priority after conceding 133 points so far and Eddie says the squad must come together now more than ever.
"It is times like this that you find out about people and their characters and what they are about," said Eddie.
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"We are not panicking, far from it, but we do need to put ourselves under a bit of pressure and ask ourselves some questions.
"We need a better performance to move forward with and we will be looking for a bit more than that in terms of getting a win, and at this stage we will settle for anything.
"I hope we can galvanise some real togetherness.
"I hope we can find it within ourselves to defend better than we have done and continue to deliver some of the accuracy we have seen in attack."
Despite conceding on average 44 points so far, Pats have looked good in attack, scoring four tries twice in their opening three games.
They average nearly 25 points a game going forward, which in many cases would be enough for a victory.
But with the floodgates seemingly left open at the back, Eddie says it is time to slam the doors shut on the opposition to secure their first win of the season.
"We are leaking too many points. It is fine scoring them but we have to be able to defend our line better than we are doing," added Eddie.
"We need to work harder together and technically we need to be making more effective tackles than we are doing.
"We are allowing teams to slow the ball down and we are missing one on one tackles and in terms of our defensive coordination, it is getting better but it is not consistent enough.
"Therefore teams are taking advantage of that and that is the weakness."