Leicester Tigers defeated London Irish at Twickenham on Saturday to clinch another Guinness Premiership title, but the standard of the game left a little to be desired.
Having watched Guinness Club Together winners, Hackney RFC, play their exhibition match before the main event, the standard of play in the final was not discernibly different.
Blighted by basic errors, the match stopped and started and never really got going. Peter Hewat’s dropped goal after 30 seconds suggested we could be in for a thriller, but the next 39 and a half minutes only brought three more points.
Jordan Crane scored the only try of the game to give Tigers the edge in the second half, and although the margin was so tight, you felt that the more experienced side were always going to prevail.
Nobody really stood out in terms of quality, but I couldn’t help but notice Tom Croft with number 4 on his back frequently loitering on the wing. He didn’t get much ball because it was kept much tighter, which meant he wasn’t often involved in the game – unusual for a second row to feature so rarely in a close-quarters battle.
If I were Ian McGeechan, I just might be having doubts about naming him as Alan Quinlan’s replacement. What do people think? Am I worrying about Croft unnecessarily?