Aviva Premiership: Burke disappointed with Tigers despite draw

Aviva Premiership: Leicester Tigers back coach Paul Burke admits he was disappointed despite a battling draw at Welford Road

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Alex Corbisiero
Northampton Saints forward Alex Corbisiero Photo: The Sport Review

Despite seeing his side fight back to secure a battling 19-19 draw with the in-form Northampton Saints, backs coach Paul Burke admitted his was disappointed with his Leicester Tigers team’s showing at Welford Road.

The home side dominated at the scrum but struggled to deal with Northampton’s power runners and rarely troubled the visitors’ try line.

And it took a late rally in the final 20 minutes to snatch something from the game as Toby Flood inspired his troops to comeback, Ed Slater’s 75th minute try cancelling out Alex Corbisiero’s early touch down for the Saints.

“I feel very disappointed with our performance for the first 60 minutes of the game,” said Burke. “We probably played in the wrong areas of the field, we didn’t have enough field possession or enough territory to really put pressure on them.

“I think it was a bit of ill-discipline, and a bit of game management, at times when we had the ascendancy the forwards needed to play in the right areas of the field to put pressure on a team like Saints but we didn’t do that.

“We’re disappointed because we felt we should have won that game but we understand there are too many errors in our game and we need to address that quickly, otherwise against quality teams like Northampton if you make that amount of errors you’re not going to win a game of rugby.”

Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder was also left frustrated after seeing his side open up a ten-point lead over their East Midlands rivals with just 14 minutes to play.

But despite an impressive defensive display they were unable to see out the victory and had to be satisfied with a share of the spoils, and another impressive performance from No.8 Sam Dickinson.

“I think when you’ve been in front and played a lot of rugby and had your chances to win it, it’s frustrating,” said Mallinder. “But we’ll look back and we’ve come away to Welford Road and picked up two points and it’s not the end of the world.

“I think Leicester deserve a lot of credit, Toby Flood was outstanding in that last 15 to 20 minutes and really attacked the line well, plus his kicking was very good.

“We had our opportunities in the first half to score and early in the second half we should have got further ahead.

“He [Sam Dickinson] was very good but I thought our team played well to be honest.

“We attacked well and defended comfortably and looked really good so we’re disappointed not to have won here.”

Elsewhere, London Irish edged past Harlequins, while Saracens and Newcastle secured wins against London Wasps and Worcester respectively.

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