Updated: 11/12/2013 16:30 | By Press Association

Wood ashamed of Saints display



Tom Wood admitted Northampton were well beaten by Leinster

Tom Wood admitted Northampton were well beaten by Leinster

Tom Wood has apologised to supporters for Northampton's 40-7 rout by Leinster, admitting the team are "ashamed" of a performance that has all but ended hopes of progressing in the Heineken Cup.

A traumatic night at Franklin's Gardens saw the Saints' whitewash breached six times and the try-scoring bonus point conceded by the 37th minute.

Wood gave an honest assessment of a night that director of rugby Jim Mallinder viewed as the low point of his six-year reign in the east midlands.

"There was no hairdryer treatment after the match because we're all pretty ashamed," the England flanker said.

"To have fans call you an embarrassment as you leave the field is about as bad as it gets.

"All we try to do is make the fans proud but we can't be proud of what we did out there and we can't expect them to be. We can only apologise for that.

"I'm ashamed and embarrassed and collectively the team are too.

"It went wrong everywhere. We were like an unopposed team for much of the game.

"Leinster have a great track record and a great European pedigree, but they're not 33 points better than us. We just didn't turn up, I don't know what's wrong with us.

"It should never have got to that stage because these are the occasions you live for in rugby.

"It's one thing to lose to a better side, but to lose having not even played a hand is soul-destroying. It was unforgivable.

"It felt like they had twice as many players as us and you didn't know what hole to plug first.

"That's probably the longest 80 minutes I've ever played and I'm ashamed to say it but I couldn't wait for the final whistle."

Leinster host the second instalment of the double-header at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday having opened up a five-point lead at the summit of Pool One, with Northampton in third.

Saints must produce a bonus-point victory to have any hope of winning a group that also includes French champions Castres and the Ospreys.

"We've been given yet another hard lesson. We have to front up, take a long hard look at ourselves and show Leinster the real Northampton next weekend because that was unrecognisable out there," Wood said.

"We'd like to salvage some pride, that's not beyond us. There may be some complacency from them after they destroyed us at home.

"Hopefully we can put in a performance we'll be proud of. It's a dire situation because we had a real chance."

0Comments
10 reasons to make MSN UK your homepage (© Microsoft)

latest rugby news

  • England captain Chris Robshaw, pictured, could regret stepping down as Harlequins skipper according to John Smit

    Chris Robshaw will lose vital opportunities to "fine-tune" his Rugby World Cup captaincy after stepping down as Harlequins skipper this season, according to John Smit.

  • Gary Mercer, pictured, has succeeded James Lowes

    Yorkshire Carnegie have appointed former New Zealand rugby league international Gary Mercer as their new head coach ahead of the new Greene King IPA Championship season.

  • Connor Braid aims to show his ball skills at Glasgow

    Glasgow have signed Canadian international back Connor Braid on an initial three-month contract.

  • Wales international James Hook, who is one of Gloucester's star signings for the new season

    David Humphreys is well aware of the enormous expectation that surrounds English rugby's sleeping giants Gloucester.

  • Gregor Hunter suffered another major injury blow

    Former Edinburgh stand-off Gregor Hunter has signed a training contract with Glasgow despite being ruled out for another nine months after his knee injury flared up again.

  • Wales prop Adam Jones has explained his decision to sign for Cardiff

    Wales prop Adam Jones has written an open letter to Ospreys supporters after signing for Cardiff Blues.

  • Wales prop Adam Jones has joined Cardiff Blues

    Wales prop Adam Jones has hailed Cardiff Blues' "ambition and potential for the future" after being unveiled as their latest new signing.

  • Brad Thorn, right, lifts the Heineken Cup with Brian O'Driscoll in 2012

    Leicester have signed New Zealand World Cup winner Brad Thorn.

  • Danny Cipriani is enjoying his rugby at Sale

    Danny Cipriani is prepared to commit his long-term future to Sale, as long as the club can match his own lofty ambitions.

  • Former Bath and England full-back Jon Callard has been handed a new role with the RFU

    Former Bath and England full-back Jon Callard has been appointed as the Rugby Football Union's national performance academy manager and international performance coach.

  • Glasgow signing Lee Jones, right, will continue playing sevens

    Lee Jones has signed a one-year contract with Glasgow that also allows the winger to play for Scotland Sevens.

  • Gary Street hailed his players following their World Cup final victory

    England's triumph at the Women's Rugby World Cup can prove the catalyst for a move into professionalism, according to head coach Gary Street.

  • England's James Haskell will captain Wasps this season

    England forward James Haskell has extended his contract with Wasps and will captain the side this season, the Aviva Premiership club have announced.

  • England won the Women's World Cup after centre Emily Scarratt inspired a 21-9 victory over Canada at Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris.

    England won the Women's World Cup after centre Emily Scarratt inspired a 21-9 victory over Canada at Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris.

  • Ruan Pienaar's early converted try gave South Africa a flying start but they were left holding on for victory at the end against Argentina

    South Africa got their Rugby Championship campaign up and running with victory over Argentina, although it was far from easy for the Springboks in testing conditions at a rain-drenched Loftus Versfeld.