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McCaffrey positive on Leicester Tigers’ chances in Paris

Lachlan McCaffrey has full faith in Leicester Tigers’ ability to go to Paris and beat Racing 92 if they repeat the second-half performance from their defeat to Wasps.

Realistically, the Tigers need ten points from their last two games in the European Champions Cup to get to 18 points and give themselves a chance of a best runners-up spot.

Pool 1 leaders Munster already have 16 points after their success against Racing Metro last weekend leaving the East Midlands side with an uphill task.

Tigers found themselves 19-0 down inside the first half hour at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday before fighting back to earn a losing bonus point in a 22-16 defeat.

And the Leicester No 8 knows they cannot afford to repeat the same slow start on Saturday night in Paris if they’re to record a first away win in Europe of the season.

“The second half was some of the best rugby we have played in the last few months but against one of the top teams you can’t give them that lead,” he said.

“Racing have so many internationals in their squad, it’s going to be a tough game. We have lost three in a row and we are desperate to go away and get at least four points.

“We have not started as well as we would like a lot. We have to get that first 20 minutes right, if we are ahead, then we go from there.

“We have been finishing well but it’s hard work if we give teams a two-try lead.

“I think if we go to Paris and put in a good performance and get a win, anything is possible. We didn’t start too well with the Glasgow Warriors loss but we have won all our games at home.”

Just a week after director of rugby Richard Cockerill’s departure from the Tigers, Fraser Balmain and fly-half Owen Williams have announced their departure for Gloucester Rugby.

And while McCaffrey was disappointed to see the 24-year-old Williams, who has scored 568 points for Leicester in 81 appearances, he’s confident in the Tigers recruitment strategy.

“It’s a good signing for Gloucester, he’s a good player and controls the game well,” he added.

“But at Leicester we have had good players who have left before and we bring in new players and stay at the top or thereabouts.

“It’s always sad to see players leave but it’s the nature of professional sport. I am sure we will bring in a strong replacement.”

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