Leicester Tigers form not good enough - Matt Smith

Matt Smith
Smith has played in five of Leicester's six Premiership matches this season

Leicester Tigers centre Matt Smith has said there is no hiding from the fact they have "not been good enough" in the Premiership so far this season.

A Tigers side shorn of international stars and depleted by injuries have lost five of their opening six matches and lie second bottom in the table.

Smith told BBC Radio Leicester: "We've been together for six games now and it's been the same group of players.

"But we've not been good enough. We don't seem to learn from our mistakes."

Tigers now have two games in the LV= Cup, against Scarlets and Gloucester, before returning to Premiership action against Sale on Friday, 28 October.

And Smith said he was desperate to stay in the side and have the chance to put things right.

"I just want to keep playing," Smith explained.

"There is so much disappointment and anger built up that I just want to keep playing to put things right."

Smith felt the team have shown glimpses of the quality needed in many of their matches so far this season and could easily have beaten league leaders Harlequins on Saturday.

He said: "We were probably the better side but unforced errors cost us again. We threw it away again which was very disappointing.

"In some parts it was some of the best rugby we have played this season but you have to play for the full 80 minutes.

"At the start of the first half we gave away two soft tries and you are not going to win if you give teams like that points.

"We had the base but we made silly mistakes and it's not good enough."