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Jono Kitto enjoying life at Leicester Tigers


Jono Kitto has only been at Leicester Tigers for a year but the Kiwi scrum-half is already in it for the long haul.

The former New Zealander Under-20s international arrived at the start of the season, making his debut against Wasps last November.

With Ben Youngs away on international duty Kitto is battling for game time with Sam Harrison, and earned a first Aviva Premiership Rugby start against London Irish last time out.

Kitto took his opportunity with both hands, scoring a try and after signing a new deal this week, he is looking to the future.

He said: “I am really honoured and privileged to resign with a club like Leicester Tigers with the respect that it demands.

“To be part of that for another term is great, but we are still focussed on week by week trying to be the best all-round team.

“And for me it is just about working on my own game to try and be sure I can contribute to that.

“There’s no easy game in the Aviva Premiership, if you are playing teams at the bottom of the league then they are going to give it everything they have got to try and win, which is what we faced at London Irish.

“At the same time, there are always some things that we need to work on and as happy as we were, we are pretty quick to refocus.

“We leaked a few tries at the end against them, so they are obviously things to work on and it was a couple of set piece tries.

“We pride ourselves on our defence and they run some good moves against us, but we don’t want to give away any points and we left a few scores out there that we want to rectify.

“To get a bonus point before half time and run some really good tries in and we’re happy to be under that sort of pressure and not go into our shells, but come out and play the attacking rugby that we always want to play.

“We are confident every time we step out onto the field, we are a very good side and there is not a game we don’t think that we can’t win.”

Next up for the Tigers are the Exeter Chiefs, who will travel to Welford Road, and Kitto is expecting a huge test.

“We were under a bit of pressure. We lost the last game at home, which hurt a bit and we really needed a win.

 “Exeter are a good side and play some great footy and so we need a good performance, we really focus a lot more on our own game.

“We know that if we get our own structures in place then there’s not many teams who can stick with us.”

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