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Every point matters for Pearce and Leicester Tigers

Laurence Pearce was the man to end Leicester Tigers’ dry spell and the No.8 insists every try counts between now and the end of the season.

With just one point separating Saracens in second and Leicester in sixth that race for the top four could hardly be tighter.

With six rounds left in the regular season, semi-final spots are up for grabs and the Tigers – who missed the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final for the first time since 2004 last year – are desperate to be involved.

And Pearce – a summer signing from Championship outfit Rotherham Titans – believes their strength in depth will play a crucial role.

“It’s crazy up in that top five or six – everyone is a point apart and every game matters and all the tries matter,” he said.

“You have got to win every game in this league and every single week is like a cup final week. We have just got to keep it going.

“When you are playing badly and still winning, there is something going right. With the internationals coming back and some injured players coming back, like Geoff Parling at the weekend, I think we will cope well.”

Leicester opened up some daylight between them and Sale Sharks in seventh with a 28-8 win at the weekend, Pearce dotting down first to end a run of more than 300 league minutes without a try.

And the 24-year-old back row believes momentum is building at Welford Road.

“It was really pleasing,” he added. “We broke them quite early, which gave us a bit of confidence. They were a good side but we stuck to our guns really well.

“We weren’t too bothered about the fact that we weren’t scoring tries because we were playing well and winning games – but it was brilliant to break that drought and hopefully we can crack on this week.

“It was great to get over the line. When I have had my opportunities I have really tried to take them. I am starting to get the trust and confidence.”

And regardless of how the season ends, Pearce admits he has enjoyed being thrust from the second tier to one of the biggest clubs in world rugby.

He added: “I’m loving it. It’s a bit different to playing in the Championship and being at a little club.

“It was a nice surprise – coming from Lincoln, Leicester was the big club around the area so it was always the dream to play for them.”

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