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Reaction: McKellar on frustrating Leinster defeat

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Leicester Tigers head coach Dan McKellar has reacted to Tigers’ 27-10 defeat to Leinster at Mattioli Woods Welford Road.

Tigers lack of finishing touches in the final third of the field ultimately cost them the result, something McKellar says left a frustrated feeling in the guts of his team.

“I’m frustrated. We all are, more for them than with them really,” McKellar explained.

“We spoke a lot about it being a test match, about coming back into the sheds and knowing we turned up for each other and our supporters and we did that.

“I think we probably beat most teams tonight with our performance, but we’ve learned the last two weeks good is not good enough against the top, top teams.

“That’s where this club aspires to be so we know there’s some improving in us to reach that level of consistent performance throughout the game.”

McKellar admitted the loss of Tommy Reffell and Ollie Chessum in the game hurt Tigers against a savvy Leinster outfit but admitted his side needed to be more clinical when presented opportunities to score.

“It’s simple but we’ve just got to cut out errors at key points in the game,” he said.

“There’s no specific trend there and we’re earning good field position but whether it’s a missed touch or not taking the obvious option down a short side, we’ve got to be better in those areas because a team that’s been playing together for a long time like Leinster will create moments and usually they’ll take them.”

McKellar said he was humbled once again by the support at Mattioli Woods Welford Road.

“I thought the atmosphere was incredible again and we can’t thank our supporters enough for how they turn up every week.”