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Post match reaction: Dai Young

Dai Young gives his reaction to the 35-16 loss at Welford Road.

We had a lot of players unavailable to us this weekend but the team that goes out there is the team and the performance today wasn’t good enough to get the result we wanted.

In the first half we couldn’t handle the physicality that the Tigers brought to the game. They got front-foot ball and got over the gainline far too easily. If you are going to give them that kind of ball you are always going to struggle.

We fell off far too many tackles, especially in the first half, and we were well beaten today by a side who were better than us on the day. We were all disappointed that we couldn’t deal with their physicality and tempo both in attack and in defence but those were the basic facts of this afternoon.

Looking at the positives that we can take away from today; I think that in the second half we showed some real desire and got ourselves back into the game. We showed some good determination, but in all honesty the game was pretty much over by then.

You don’t have to be a rugby expert to see where we need to improve. I think that we have made big strides forward this season from where we started. Obviously, it has been very disappointing to lose our last few games but when you look at the last four against Northampton, Saracens, Leinster and today against Leicester, it is clear that they are in a different place to us. They are clearly further down the road than we are. It is not a case of us losing to sides that we should have beaten but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t disappointed by the manner of those loses and the margin of today’s defeat.

I have always maintained that our battle is to finish in the top six. In order to do that we have got two very tough games ahead of us now. Exeter come into next weekend’s game on the back of some encouraging results whereas we go into it following some disappointing losses. We have two games now against Exeter at home and Sale away. If we win those two games then there is no reason why we won’t finish in the top six and if we lose them then we probably don’t deserve to be there come the end of the season.

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