Hamilton demands more from Leicester Tigers

New Zealand and Leicester Winger Scott Hamilton says that the Tigers need to adapt to the new fast and furious Aviva Premiership with haste and a smarter approach.

Hamilton was on the losing side in Leicester’s Premiership opener even though he scored a brace of tries in their 27-19 defeat at Northampton.

Hamilton led a late charge for the Tigers scoring in the 70th and and 72nd minute of the match but the deficit was too great for the Leicester to overcome after a slow start.

Instead over overtaking Northampton, Leicester failed to even pick up a bonus point and Hamilton says that would have been more than they deserved after committing so many turnovers during the game.

“Making risky off-loads and turning the ball over was our biggest problem of pre-season and something that we have talked about,” he said.

“There is more space and the ball is there quicker with the new law interpretations, and off-loads are more prevalent.

“The problem is that the defenders are getting hands in between the ball carrier and the support players and breaking down the move.” he told the Leicester Mercury.

“The onus is not just on the ball carriers, it’s about the support players getting there quick enough.

“Guys have to be careful because that pop pass may lead to another player getting tackled straight away or, worse-case scenario, they get knocked down or knock on.

“It’s about support players making the right calls to the ball carrier. There were times when Thomas Waldrom made a break and was on the deck, looking to pop it up, but we were not getting enough guys through to support him in time. That’s a free off-load gone begging.

“If we can get in the right positions at times like that, we are going to score tries. But it is going to cost you tries too if you don’t get it right. We have to be a bit smarter in what we do.”

Hamilton was also critical of Tigers’ high penalty count which could have cost them a lot more if Saints fly-half Stephen Myler had not missed six out of seven kicks at goal.

He said: “We turned it over far too much and gave away so many penalties. If Stephen Myler was on song, we would have been all over the shop.

“We are a long way off where we should be. We have to rectify that this weekend for the visit of Exeter, and it is a good thing that we are at home.”

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