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Goode earns praise from Young

Wasps fly-half Andy Goode proved his doubters wrong to inspire a 22-12 win against his former club Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership.

Goode kicked 17 points including two crucial drop goals in the second half when his side were under pressure and also played a key role in Christian Wade's first-half try - the only one of the match.

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young was left praising an "outstanding" display from the former England international, who joined Wasps from Worcester earlier this year.

"Andy was outstanding as he steered the ship and kicked the important goals," Young said.

"A lot of people have knocked him this season but he showed why I wanted him to join us."

For Leicester, the defeat means they have still not tasted victory in this fixture since 2007 and Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill accepted it was an unsatisfactory showing from his side, whose only points came from the boot of Owen Williams.

"We are disappointed; it was a pretty ordinary game with error after error," he said.

"The weather conditions were difficult but we missed crucial kicks and we went to sleep for their try. These things cost you and our performance was below average."

London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith felt the match officials were put under "a lot of pressure" before substitute fly-half Shane Geraghty failed to land a last-gasp penalty in a 13-11 defeat at Newcastle.

The windy conditions saw the ball fall from the tee twice, leaving Geraghty to rush his kick, which fell agonisingly short.

"It's pretty unusual. You've got a situation where it's dead ball, the game's over, the ball goes off the tee once and it goes off the tee a second time," Smith said.

"To be fair, the Falcons boys put a lot of pressure on the match official. At that point, he's saying 'get the ball away'.

"I think if we had our time again we would take our time and plant the ball on the tee and put the heat back on the official, but the scrum-half was scrambling to get the ball back on the tee and the fly-half was doing his best under unusual circumstances.

"It's a funny game. It's very disappointing from our point of view but I don't want to take anything away from the Falcons."

Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards had no qualms about the closing moments of the game, which saw his side climb to eighth place in the overall standings.

"I don't think you can run the clock out so if they do kick the goal it doesn't give us time to restart," Richards said.

"I think it's quite fair as they (the Newcastle players) were just making sure there wasn't sharp practice from London Irish and they weren't just running the clock down so we didn't have the chance of getting a try or a penalty."


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