Kennedy: De­fence not good enough

The Rugby Paper - - Aviva Premiership -

LON­DON Ir­ish di­rec­tor of rugby Nick Kennedy ad­mit­ted that their per­for­mance fell well be­low the re­quired stan­dard fol­low­ing a se­cond con­sec­u­tive heavy de­feat.

“Our de­fence wasn’t good enough in the first half, we slipped off a lot of tack­les and missed a lot of tack­les,” he said.

“Sale were dis­ap­pointed from last week and they ob­vi­ously came out fir­ing and we were slow to start for the se­cond week run­ning.”

Sale boss Steve Di­a­mond in­sists that com­pe­ti­tion for places is driv­ing stan­dards up. “I tried to change a bit of the men­tal­ity over the sum­mer so, if you’re not good enough, you will come out of the team,” Di­a­mond said. “We’ve never been able to do that be­cause we’ve never had the re­sources.

He added: “There’s no point com­par­ing it to last week be­cause we didn’t get the ba­sics right then. What we did in the week was re­as­sure them there’s no panic.

“Ev­ery­body turned up, the set-piece de­liv­ered and our de­fence was out­stand­ing again. If sides beat us play­ing like that then they’re go­ing to have to be a good team.”

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