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Twickenham, London, 31 May



Wasps' Simon Shaw fights off Leicester captain Martin Corry
Leicester were under the cosh in the first half before fighting back

Leicester captain Martin Corry admitted a poor first half cost his side the Premiership title as they lost the final 26-16 to Wasps at Twickenham.

The Tigers trailed 23-6 at half-time but Leicester rediscovered their powerful driving game to hit back.

"The match summed up the whole season - when we don't hit our game we look quite ordinary, when we do we look very dangerous," said Corry.

"Everything we said we shouldn't do, we did in the first half."

Leicester went into the game as defending champions but were far from favourites after a lacklustre season in which they failed to reach the knockout stages of the Heineken Cup and barely scraped into the play-offs.

606: DEBATE

The Tigers also lost to Welsh side Ospreys in the EDF Energy Cup final in April and Saturday's defeat will have piled more pressure on Argentine coach Marcelo Loffreda, who took over in November after guiding the Pumas to third at the 2007 World Cup.

"The season has been has been unacceptable in terms of inconsistency," said Corry.

"But whatever changes we need to make, whether that is just small tinkering here and there, we'll show true Leicester spirit next season and come back even better and even stronger."

Last week, Leicester chief executive Peter Wheeler refused to back Loffreda, stating only that the club structure will be reviewed as usual over the summer.

Of course I would love to stay here but I am not the person who has to give an answer for that

Leicester coach Marcelo Loffreda

Asked if he will still be Leicester coach next season, Loffreda said after the final: "I don't know. Maybe I am not the right person to ask those questions.

"Of course I would love to stay here but I am not the person who has to give an answer for that."

He continued: "During the months and the games that I have been with the team, I think things have been improving. I am happy with where things are going.

"After the game I spoke to them about that. At the start of the season we were inconsistent and it was tough but the team began to find their way and began to win the confidence they need because we have the talent and the players.

"I think they achieved that confidence in the last few weeks. Today we were surprised by an excellent team in the first half."




see also
Dallaglio hails Wasps achievement
31 May 08 |  Rugby Union
Wasps 26-16 Leicester
31 May 08 |  Rugby Union
Guinness Premiership photos
31 May 08 |  Rugby Union
Johnson praises Dallaglio career
30 May 08 |  Rugby Union
Dallaglio's last stand
30 May 08 |  Rugby Union
Lawrence Dallaglio in pictures
22 May 08 |  Rugby Union
Loffreda upbeat on Tigers future
28 May 08 |  Leicester


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