DECLAN Kidney hailed Topsy Ojo's 'remarkable achievement' of playing his 300th London Irish game on Sunday.

The former England win crossed the whitewash at Yorkshire Carnegie, albeit in a disappointing 26-12 Greene King IPA Championship reverse.

It was Exiles' second defeat of the campaign, and allowed Ealing Trailfinders – themselves surprisingly beaten at Richmond – to cut the gap at the top to eight points with five games remaining.

But Kidney praised record-breaker Ojo, stating: "It's a remarkable achievement and one I haven't seen too often in first class rugby.

He's a credit to himself and his family and the way he's looked after himself over the last 14 years."

Reflecting on the game, the Irish's director of rugby commented: "I thought Yorkshire played really well.

"It shows how tough this league is that all the teams at the bottom of the table won this weekend and that anybody can beat anybody.

We're disappointed with ourselves and our performance. We'll need to work on that for next time, but we're delighted with our support and it does make a massive difference."

Captain Josh McNally admitted it had been a lax display.

He said: "We had a good result in the league against them before, but they're a totally different beast now.

"We weren't on the money and hopefully we can rectify that in two weeks time.

"We came up against a team who wanted it a little bit more than us.

"We came out a bit lax and we're bitterly disappointed to put in a performance like that."

He concluded: "We got caught napping a little bit and that cost us.

"The better team definitely won."