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Heineken Cup: Leicester left to lament costly decisions after going down to defeat in Toulouse

Last Updated: 15/10/12 6:17am

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Richard Cockerill and Matt Connor: questioned the decision not to kick for goal early in the second half

Richard Cockerill and Matt Connor: questioned the decision not to kick for goal early in the second half

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Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill labelled his side "naive" after seeing them slip to 23-9 loss away at Toulouse.

The Tigers led the Pool 2 clash 9-6 just before half time but paid the price for turning the ball over in their own half, letting Gael Fickou in to score the only try of the contest.

Cockerill was also left to lament the decision by scrum-half Ben Youngs to take a quick tap penalty early in the second half when his side trailed by four, rather than go for an easy shot at the posts to narrow the gap.

"I'm very disappointed with what happened just before half time," he told Sky Sports.

"We'd actually controlled the game and you have that opportunity to go in three points in the lead, then you try and play and drop the ball.

"They are things we've spoken about all week, about not letting them in the game because they are one of the best teams in the world at getting a benefit from that.

"Then, in the second half when 14-9 down, we have a penalty in front of the sticks and we tap-and-go, then knock it on. We got penalised at the next scrum and the whole thing seemed to unwind.

"Once they get in front they are a hard team to claw back.

"We were naive at times - we should be better than that."

Bounce back

The Aviva Premiership side will now have to bounce back quickly against Ospreys at Welford Road next time out, or else leave themselves with a serious mountain to climb to reach the knockout stages.

Cockerill could at least take some positives from his team's display on their travels, even if they return home with nothing to show for their efforts.

"There was a lot of things we did out there that were really good," he added.

"We really just need to keep and composure. It's one game against a very, very good side. They squeezed the life out of us.

"We just need to make sure we play the ball in the right areas and make the right decisions at the right times."

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