Defeat to Saracens was disappointing - Leicester head coach Steve Borthwick

Leicester Tigers lost their second game in four matches
Leicester Tigers lost their second game in four matches

Leicester Tigers head coach Steve Borthwick said the defeat to Saracens in the fourth round of the Gallagher Premiership at StoneX Stadium has left the players disappointed.

The two teams met for the first time since the finals of the last season's final and it was Mark McCall's men, who dominated the Saturday's encounter after scoring seven tries that saw them rout a 51-18 win.

“It’s very disappointing and the changing room is full of very disappointed players,” said Borthwick.

“They took their chances today, they took them brilliantly.

“From our perspective, we need to ensure we’re not giving the opposition that many opportunities.

“Too many times today they got themselves over the try line too easily.”

Four of Saracens' try came in the first half that saw them take control with a 27-13 lead before Elliot Daly, Theodore McFarland and Sean Maitland completed the formality with touchdowns in the second half.

Speaking after the game, Borthwick rued the inefficiency to create pressure on the opponents.

“We didn’t apply enough scoreboard pressure today,” added Borthwick.

“If we aren’t converting chances we are creating, then you aren’t going to exert pressure back on to the opposition.

“On top of that, we lost our way with the penalty count in the second-half and things compounded, contributing to the final score.”

Following the result against Saracens, Leicester Tigers have slipped to the sixth position in the table and will face Sale Sharks in the next round on 8th October.