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Goode sin-binning cost us - Venter

Brendan Venter blamed the second half sin-binning of Alex Goode for Saracens' 33-16 defeat by London Irish at Twickenham.

Last season's beaten Aviva Premiership finalists led 10-6 at the interval but unravelled when Goode was shown a yellow card for palming the ball to safety from an offside position as the Exiles attacked their line. In his absence Irish amassed 15 points through tries from Delon Armitage and Sailosi Tagicakibau and a penalty and conversion from Ryan Lamb.

"The sin-binning swung the game - it was the issue today," said Saracens director of rugby Venter.

"I'll get myself into trouble if I debate the decision. We'll look at it again on Monday.

"Of course it was an issue. It was 10-6 at half-time then the sin-bin came and then we conceded 15 points.

"Give Irish some credit during the sib-binning, they started slow in the first half but got better.

"But the score was not a fair reflection of the game - that was a close match which was swung by other things."

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