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We arrived back in England on Monday afternoon but before we headed home we reviewed the previous nights game with the players. After the game, our initial reaction was the scoreline was not a fair reflection on how the game had gone and certainly that view was enforced when we analyzed the game on tape. Losing Steve Thompson to the sin bin was a big blow for us. That decision seemed harsh and sometimes players do not get binned however we could have little argument with Phil Nilsen's sin binning soon afterwards. Phil lost sight of the ball and missed timed his run. That left us down to 13 men and Stade Francais took advantage of that situation. Having said that, we were proud of how the players responded in the second half and we certainly finished the stronger team.
WHAT POSITIVES DID YOU TAKE FROM LAST WEEK'S GAME?
We created lots of opportunities, especially in the second half, and that was a positive, albeit with the disappointment that we did not finish those chances off. The impact of our bench was also pleasing. A good example of that was James Tincknell's performance last week. James was outstanding when he came on for the final twenty minutes and really lifted us on attack. Our aim is to have competition for every position across the team and with a performance like that, James has put down a marker for the players who have been playing in his position in recent weeks to say that he is there and ready to go when he gets the opportunity.
HOW ARE YOU APPROACHING THIS WEEK'S GAME?
We now have three Cup games before we return to action in the Aviva Premiership. We have made no secret of the fact that our priority this season is the Premiership and we will use the next three games to make sure that we are in the best possible shape to take on Leicester in our next league game. It is important that we use the quality within our squad and keep all the players fresh for the challenges ahead.