Mar 31, 2013 at 2.15pm UK at ​Madejski Stadium
London Irish
33-33
Sale Sharks

Brian Smith disappointed with London Irish draw

London Irish coach Brian Smith on February 24, 2013
© PA Photos
Brian Smith says that he is disappointed after his London Irish side surrendered the lead late on against Sale Sharks.

London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith has expressed his disappointment following his side's draw with fellow strugglers Sale Sharks on Sunday.

Nick Macleod kicked a last-minute penalty to earn Sale a vital 33-33 draw and four-try bonus point at the Madejski Stadium in the Aviva Premiership.

While he admits his frustration at not winning the match, Smith acknowledges that his side showed their quality through much of the game.

"We are disappointed. We got such a handy lead to begin with and then we sat back and admired our good work," Smith told BBC Sport.

"We showed good fighting qualities to come back from that but it is embarrassing to score two tries and go to sleep.

"We did some good things, but defensively we were a shambles and that's very disappointing as last week against Worcester we could have played for three hours and not conceded."

Irish remain four points ahead of Sale in the table in 10th place, while the latter move eight points clear of basement club London Welsh with 18 points.

London Irish's Guy Armitage in action against Worcester on January 27, 2013
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