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Flood unhappy despite win

Angry Leicester Tigers captain Toby Flood admitted his side did not deserve a bonus point after beating Benetton Treviso 34-3 in their second Heineken Cup match.

Leicester bounced back from their opening Pool 5 defeat at Ulster to beat the Italian side at Welford Road b ut they produced an error-strewn performance and only clinched a crucial bonus point thanks to an 80th minute try by winger Adam Thompstone.

Flood, clearly angry and frustrated, said: "We made too many errors, again.

"If we qualify from our pool, we will look back and think we got five points which were important. But it's such an odd environment to take five points and play as poorly as that. We did not deserve it.

"There's no rhythm at the moment, no continuity. We are making too many errors and every time we get any momentum we turn the ball over.

"It has been frustrating to say the least. We did not expect to come in at half-time any more than that (13-0) because of the way we played.

"Credit to the guys for scoring three tries in the second half. They came here to shut up shop and make life difficult for us and we made life harder for ourselves."

Leicester's other three tries came from man of the match Thomas Waldrom, Tom Youngs and Blaine Scully, while Flood kicked 14 points.

They took full advantage when Treviso went down to 13 men in the second half, scoring 14 points while captain Antonio Pavanello and winger Christian Loamanu were in the sin bin.

Tobias Botes, who kicked Treviso's penalty, also received a yellow card in the first half.

But it looked as though a bonus point would elude the Tigers until Thompstone stepped inside the last defender in the 80th minute to spare their blushes.

England fly-half Flood admitted Leicester would have to improve dramatically by the time they face French side Montpellier in back to back games in December.

He said: "We need to raise our game massively in terms of the last five or six games.

"We have just done enough and just been getting by, which is not acceptable for us.

"I am a huge part of it, I am captain of the side and I have to manage that.

"We will deal with it. There's a lot of disappointed guys in that changing room.

"The rain wasn't ideal but you can't blame the conditions. There were set piece errors, handling errors, continuity mistakes, all sorts of things. It's really disappointing. All of us can be better."


From Belfast Telegraph