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Scrums queried by Smith, Cockerill

25th November 2013 06:45

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Inconsistent: Martin Fox

Inconsistent: Martin Fox

London Irish and Leicester bosses Brian Smith and Richard Cockerill were both left bemused by certain scrum decisions on Saturday.

Irish conceded two penalty tries at the scrum, one in each half, with the actions of Martin Fox called into question on both sides.

"Yes I do [think they were harsh],"said Smith.

"You know what you are going to get here. Leicester tried to put us under pressure by continually scrumming us.

"It's difficult. There were a series of scrums and the crowd were as impatient as the coaches.

"It was difficult to see a great deal of consistency, but I take nothing away from Leicester. They had the intent and wanted to scrum us into the ground and got rewarded."

Irish nearly left Welford Road with losing bonus point following Fergus Mulchrone's late try, but Myles Dorrian was unable to land the conversion and then a late drop goal attempt from fly-half Shane Geraghty fell wide with the last play of the match.

"We had two opportunities to squeeze a bonus point out of it, one off the tee and a drop-goal, and we came up short, but that's footy. We gave it our best shot," added Smith.

"I am really proud of the effort from our boys. I thought (captain) George Skivington did a great job leading the troops into battle, and we gave it everything."

Cockerill on the opposite side admitted that both penalty try decisions lack consistency with regards to the speed of which each try was awarded, as Leicester ended a losing run in the Premiership in unconvincing fashion.

"The first penalty try seemed to be very quick and it looks like someone had a few words with the referee at half-time and said, 'you can't do that'," said Cockerill.

"And the second one was ridiculously long. We can't get any consistency within a game, never mind from game to game.

"We dominated the scrum and if you don't want to stay square and walk round all the time, what is the referee meant to do.

"You have to win your home games and keep chipping away. We needed the four points, but we could not get any shape into our game."

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