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Redpath 'bitterly disappointed' at Sharks loss to Worcester
4:02pm Tuesday 30th October 2012 in Sport
Speaking after Friday’s defeat at Worcester, Sharks’ Director of Rugby Bryan Redpath said: "I'm bitterly disappointed. I thought we certainly had enough territory and possession to win the game by ten points.
“The facts are that we didn't and ten minutes after half-time we were poor in a couple of exits which allowed Worcester a bit of field position.
"Then, late on in the game, I thought the officials got it wrong as there were about eight penalties in a row. Two of them were definitely professional and I think people should be punished for that.
"A yellow card would have allowed us a bit more dominance around the set-pieces, but we got no advantage in the end.
"We had a chance to score. Fair play, it was a good tackle in the corner. I think we should have scored and given ourselves a chance to level the game.
“Disappointed because I thought it was a game we should have won.”
Asked whether a penalty try could have been expected during the Sharks’ attacks for a long spell on the home line, Redpath replied: “Maybe. A yellow card was potentially an option for persistent infringements.
“I thought the referee had a good game. I’m not saying he’s the reason we lost the game. I’m not implying that at all.
“When you need a bit of luck, something going your way, we have to look at our own actions as well.
“As I say, certain opportunities weren’t capitalised on. There was a little forward pass on a couple of occasions. It was a game we should have won tonight.”
Referring to the late challenge on Will Addison which prevented a possible try and injured both players, Redpath continued: “He dropped the ball. He was in the changing room, sitting there and looked alright. He’ll be training on Monday.
“I thought Ross Harrison and Tommy Taylor were outstanding today. At 19 and 20 years old in the front row, I thought they were our two best players.
“Credit to them. I think a lot of the older ones should have a look at how these two youngsters performed in a game when it is all about a bit of guts in view of the position we’re in.”