Steve Borthwick says Leicester Tigers will have to improve on the first-half indiscipline and second-half missed opportunities as they move on from defeat at London Irish on Sunday.
Tigers were the first visitors to the new Brentford Community Stadium and were beaten 22-9 in Round 2 of the Gallagher Premiership season, with the visitors’ points kicked by Zack Henry and second-half replacement Joaquin Diaz Bonilla.
“When you give away as many penalties as we did in the first half and concede the yards we did, then it becomes challenging,” said head coach Borthwick.
“We conceded too many penalties and brought too much pressure on ourselves.
“Credit to the players, in the second half we were able to build more pressure and create more, but we weren’t able to convert that into points and make it tell on the scoreboard.
“Irish have a lot of international experience in that team and they managed that final part of the game to take it away from us.
“We’ll look at the way we played after half-time to put ourselves in a position to get back into it and look at where we didn’t capitalise on that. We need to step forward again, have a good week of preparation and step up our performance for next week.”
Cyle Brink made his first starting appearance for the club on Sunday afternoon, Matt Scott and Nephi Leatigaga had their first run-out of the season and Jordan Taufua returned from injury as a second-half replacement.
“Jordan has been very diligent in his rehab from injury and credit to the staff who’ve have done a good job with him,” added Borthwick. “He’ll be better for the 40 minutes of rugby today.”
Tigers return to action with a home game in Round 3 against Exeter Chiefs on Saturday (3.00pm).