Irish rue missed chances

Date published: November 2 2014

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London Irish assistant coach Glenn Delaney was left wondering what might have been after the narrow 16-17 loss to Leicester.

London Irish assistant coach Glenn Delaney was left wondering what might have been after the narrow 16-17 loss to Leicester.

Guy Armitage’s late try set up a tense finish at the Madejski Stadium, but the Tigers defence held firm.

“We are very disappointed as we wanted to secure a win,” said Delaney.

“We had complete dominance up front, had more possession and greater opportunities.

“The game was there for the taking, but we needed to be 20 percent more clinical, 20 percent sharper and 20 percent more accurate at the breakdown.”

Leicester boss Richard Cockerill admitted the result could have gone either way, but pinpointed his side’s defensive efforts as the reason for their win on the road.

“The result was important for us as to put in all that work and lose would have been tough,” said Cockerill.

“It was a competitive game and could have gone either way, but our defensive commitment sneaked it at the end.”

“Irish posed threats all over the field but our lads put their bodies on the line.

“They are a very inexperienced group as they brought the cavalry on and we brought the academy on.”

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