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Burke frustrated despite win


Adam Thompstone dives over for Leicester's opening try

Adam Thompstone dives over for Leicester's opening try

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Adam Thompstone dives over for Leicester's opening try

Backs coach Paul Burke insisted Leicester would get it right for next week's trip to Bath after a disappointing start to the defence of their Aviva Premiership title.

Leicester beat Worcester Warriors 32-15 at Welford Road but they produced a lacklustre performance and only clinched a bonus point in the last minute thanks to a fabulous solo try from Fijian winger Vereniki Goneva in a match screened live on BT Sport.

Burke, standing in for director of rugby Richard Cockerill who is serving a nine-week match-day ban for swearing at the officials in last season's final against Northampton, said: "When you play at home to Worcester - and no disrespect to them - everyone expects you to get a bonus point.

"Is it a point lost if you don't get a bonus point? Worcester made it difficult for us, they are a good side, they are coached well and they will cause teams a lot of problems this season.

"I am very happy with the bonus point but I am disappointed with our performance at times in the second half. But it's our first hit out and we will look at it and put it right for the trip to Bath."

Burke admitted Leicester might have got a bit complacent when leading 25-3 after 47 minutes.

"Possibly," he said. "It's a mindset thing. As champions you are expected to win, you have got everything to lose. We knew Worcester would be physical and get stuck into us.

"Our urgency was poor at times and we allowed them to stifle us. We wanted to play with tempo but with a 17-6 penalty count against Worcester it was difficult to get any momentum."

Leicester led 18-3 at half-time thanks to tries from winger Adam Thompstone and new French scrum-half David Mele and a conversion and two penalties from fly-half Ryan Lamb.

A try by number eight Jordan Crane, converted by Lamb, shortly after the break put Leicester in a strong position but Worcester hit back with tries from replacement Chris Jones and centre Josh Matevesi before Goneva sealed the bonus point win for Leicester right on full-time.

Worcester's new boss Dean Ryan, back in the Premiership after an absence of four years, was unhappy with the yellow card given to lock Mike Williams for a body check on Lamb but was pleased with Worcester's fightback.

He said: "At half-time I said let's be more direct and get field position and we will get something out of it, and we did.

"Halfway through the game we could have crawled under a rock and got a good beating.

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"But we didn't. We came back and their 10-point lead looked pretty fragile for a while.

"I am looking for character and behaviours that will underpin the club for a two-year period and that second half was a great start. I am really proud of the guys.

"We are not a Leicester squad, we don't roll internationals off the bench. But I think we are a courageous squad and we will work really hard, which was illustrated today."

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