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Richard Blaze wants Leicester players to maintain their ruthlessness

Published 12/11/2016

Richard Blaze was disappointed Leicester did not maintain their first half momentum against Newport Gwent Dragons.
Richard Blaze was disappointed Leicester did not maintain their first half momentum against Newport Gwent Dragons.

Coach Richard Blaze has urged his young Leicester side to keep their foot on the pedal after their 42-3 bonus point home victory over Newport Gwent Dragons in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Leicester, who top pool four with nine points after two wins, led 27-3 at half-time after scoring four of their six tries, but failed to capitalise on their superiority in the second half and scored just 15 more points.

Blaze, standing in for director of rugby Richard Cockerill, said: "We spoke in the week about keeping our foot on the pedal, and that is something we will have to look at.

"We had a really good first half and then almost let them back in the game in the second. "But we got the win and we are sitting comfortably in the table.

"There were some good performances and I thought number eight Luke Hamilton was one of the outstanding players today."

Leicester, who fielded some big guns like fly-half Freddie Burns, prop Marcos Ayerza and Tom Croft - who was making his first start of the season after injury - were too powerful for a young Newport side.

Burns scored 15 points and got one of Leicester's six tries, the others coming from Owen Williams, Adam Thompstone, Greg Bateman, Ellis Genge and Jack Roberts.

Geraint Rhys Jones kicked a penalty for Newport in a match where Leicester lock Harry Wells and Dragons replacement Leon Brown were sin-binned.

Shaun Connor said Newport, who have never won at Welford Road, were their own worst enemies in the first half.

The backs coach said: "I must have sounded like a madman at half time.

"Some of our defence in the first half was really good but a lot of their points came from our errors - and turnover ball, which is the hardest to defend.

"Our message at half-time was 'let's be cleaner in attack and more accurate and that will enable us to put pressure on them.

"The most pleasing thing for us was the number of youngsters we had on the field at the end. Leon Brown came on and - for a 19-year-old playing here - he will be better for it."

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