Jan 10, 2015
Saracens need to learn from defeat - De Kock
Neil de Kock has urged his Saracens side to learn their lessons from a disappointing 24-23 defeat to Gloucester at Kinghsolm on Friday evening.
James Hook kicked an 80th minute penalty to sink Sarries hearts, and Saracens’ highly experienced scrum half De Kock revealed that north Londoners’ were hugely ‘frustrated’ with both the result and their overall performance.
Speaking after the game, De Kock said: “One kick is the difference between a happy dressing room and a disappointed one, but tonight unfortunately it’s a disappointed one. A couple of weeks ago we managed to win in the very last minute with a missed kick, and this week we lost with the kick going over. Sometimes they go your way and sometimes they don’t.
“There’s frustration for a lot of reasons. I don’t think we put ourselves in the position to lose that game. I thought defensively in that second half we were better, but in the first half our discipline let us down. Looking at that last decision, it’s a bit of a 50/50 call in my mind, but Gloucester kept hammering away at us, and that 80 metre try hurt us. There is massive frustration and disappointment.
“The biggest thing we can take from the game is a bit of education I think. If you put yourself in that position then you are going to have to play catch-up rugby and you put yourself in a position where you make life hard for yourself, and that’s exactly what we did. Gloucester came at us and put us under pressure at times, but our discipline and a couple of yellow cards didn’t help. When you’re a couple of men down it’s very difficult.”
He added: “We’re a team who keep learning, and tonight was a huge lesson for us.”