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Ryan rues lack of accuracy

Worcester director of rugby Dean Ryan was left to bemoan a lack of accuracy as Leicester triumphed 21-18 in the second round of the LV= Cup at Sixways.

Worcester scored three tries through Andy Symons, Jake Abbott and Christian Scotland-Williamson, but all three conversions were missed in addition to two penalties with Symons and Paul Warwick failing to find the target.

In contrast Leicester's fly-half Owen Williams kicked 11 points to see his side over the line in a tight encounter against the Aviva Premiership's bottom side.

"We should have won. If those kicks had gone over we would have been 17-3 up and out of sight," Ryan said.

"You can't afford to do that against a side like Leicester as they will always get a dominant period in the match.

"We are disappointed to lose but are pretty close to playing extremely well. Our two efforts in the LV= Cup have given us a shot in the arm as our squad will now feel better about themselves."

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill conceded the missed goals were the difference.

"It was a horrendous start and we were lucky to be able to get back into the game," he said.

"Had they kicked their goals we probably wouldn't have recovered."

The sin-binning of Worcester flanker Sam Betty was the turning point of the game allowing the Tigers to grow in confidence, with tries coming from Michael Noone and a penalty awarded as the visitors' pack dominated after the interval.

"Betty's yellow card just before the interval gave us belief," Cockerill said.

"We got stronger as the game went on and our scrum went really well.

"Considering the front row that we were up against, that bit of dominance we got was impressive."

Despite winning their first two matches, Cockerill played down the importance of progress in the competition;

"If we get a semi-final that's OK but it's all about developing players. What is important is that we have good performances and we don't want to lose our bottle in developing our youngsters," he added.


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