Kennedy: Defence not good enough
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.”