Irish pay price for sloppy errors in cup reverse

LONDON Irish forwards coach Glenn Delaney admitted indiscipline cost his team as they slipped to a 29-21 away defeat to Newcastle Falcons in the LV= Cup.

Two weeks after losing to the same opposition in the Aviva Premiership at Kingston Park, Falcons fly-half Rory Clegg proved the difference between the two teams with five successful penalties and two conversions.

Delaney said: “It’s something we will need to look at [breakdown penalties]. We’re disappointed because we didn’t build a platform to play from.

“You have to take the knocks at the time and remain positive. We will work hard at fixing the problems we had with building that platform and we’ll make strides on that over the next few days.”

On Friday, Saracens took their strong league form into the competition, kicking off with a 24-21 victory at London Wasps.

Harlequins were in action on Saturday at Sandy Park, suffering a 19-5 defeat to the ever-impressive Exeter Chiefs.

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