‘You have to learn from defeats’ – Itoje

Saracens and England phenomenon Maro Itoje says that losses are ok as long as you learn from them. 

The second-rower is not used to losing as he won 30 matches in a row with England and Saracens. But his incredible run was finally broken by Harlequins when Saracens lost 17-10.

"Obviously losing was going to come one day. I would love for my career to have gone without me losing a game but unfortunately rugby isn’t a fairytale," Itoje told BT Sport.

"We’ve bounced back well from that. We improved our performance against Bristol then stepped up another level against Wasps.

"Those bumps in the road happen, but the most important thing is to ensure you learn from it and from the mistakes you made and why the outcome was the outcome.

"As long as you learn from your defeats and you use them as an opportunity to get better, I think it’s OK."