We weren't streetwise enough, admits Leicester Tigers scrum-half Ben Youngs
Leicester Tigers may still have their immediate Heineken Cup future in their own hands after yesterday's 15-15 draw with the Ospreys in Swansea.
However, scrum-half Ben Youngs said the feeling in the visitors' dressing-room was one of disappointment after a game of incredible intensity.
Tigers had weathered plenty of Ospreys pressure in the first hour of the game and the Welsh side were good value for a 10-3 lead, which could easily have been considerably greater had fly-half Dan Biggar's kicking been at its best.
Youngs, though, scored from close range to level matters and, seven minutes from time, Niall Morris scored superbly in the corner to put Leicester in front.
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Tigers' hopes of a win were dashed by a scintillating break from Eli Walker, Jonathan Spratt rounding it off by touching down wide on the right flank.
"We're disappointed," said Youngs in the immediate aftermath of the game.
"We came here to win. You have to give credit to Eli Walker, though. He set the stadium alight and punished us with five minutes to go.
"We tried to get back into it but it was a little too late. That means next weekend's game (at home to Toulouse) is bigger again with everything to play for."
Walker's burst left a string of would-be tacklers in his wake and, while it would have been thrilling for the fans in the stadium, those sporting Ospreys colours at least, Youngs took a different view.
"We have to be better than that," he said. "We pride ourselves on being streetwise but we weren't in the last five minutes."
The England scrum-half added: "Knowing that we have it to play for next weekend means it isn't all doom and gloom. We are disappointed, though.
"We felt we were in a good position to win the game. You have to give credit to the Ospreys, though."
Home skipper Kahn Fotuali'i took the man-of-the-match honours after an all-round outstanding performance at scrum-half.
However, he expressed similar feelings to his Tigers' counterpart after the deadlock.
"We are very disappointed with the draw," he said. "I'm very proud of the way we played, but we just went a little bit quiet towards the end of the last 40. We have to start talking a bit more."