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Liebenberg: Nobody is happy with that

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Hanro Liebenberg admitted it was a quiet away changing room at Kingston Park following the defeat to Newcastle Falcons in Round 15 of the 2022/23 Gallagher Premiership season.

Speaking after the game, Liebenberg said: "The dressing room was dead silent, you could tell looking around how disappointed all the boys were."

"These things happen in rugby and it's not great that it's happened two weeks running, but we will bounce back."

Looking back on the side's preparation, after the Round 14 away loss to Sale Sharks, Liebenberg said the preparation was positive despite the poor performance.

"We had a good week of training, had a good week of planning and everybody prepared well for today," he said.

"Sometimes all that can go on and still you come out and it doesn't go to plan, which is what happened today."

Leicester earned a bonus-point through a second-half comeback which included a trio of tries, which the Tigers skipper said was "helpful" but stopped short of saying it had changed the mood in the changing room after a performance that he said lacked effort in the first-half.

"It was good that we showed that fight and a better effort in the second-half to fight back and earn a bonus-point," said Liebenberg.

"Although, the point is helpful in a very tight league table it doesn't make it less disappointing. Nobody is happy with that.

"We didn't help ourselves with the first-half today; the effort wasn't up to our standard and it showed. That needed fixing at the break and we did that."

Tigers are on the road for a third successive weekend when they return to Heineken Champions Cup action next week, away to ASM Clermont Auvergne, which Liebenberg said was another challenge for he and his teammates.

"It never gets easier, doesn't matter if you are in the Premiership or playing in Europe," he said.

"Clermont are a team who pride themselves on being successful at home in Europe and we know they will be looking for a big performance.

"Last season was a memory we made together there but doesn't count for much next season, it's a new season and new group who need to work hard next week to be better than we were today. That's all we'll be focused on."