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Rejuvenated Bai loving life at Leicester

Leicester Tigers became the first team ever to win multiple times at Thomond Park in Europe last weekend but centre Seremaia Bai is expecting a backlash in the return fixture at Welford Road.

The Tigers are in control of their European pool with three wins from three so far as they build on their impressive Aviva Premiership Rugby form.

And they can take a giant step towards the last eight if they can complete the double over Munster in the East Midlands this weekend.

But Bai has warned his teammates that it will take another huge performance to down the two-time champions.

“Thomond Park is a very tough place to go so to go and get a win there is an incredible achievement,” said Bai.

“They will come after us really hard this weekend and they’ll want to do the same thing we did to them at their place.

“It’s going to be very physical. For them they know they have to win or they are out.

“The win put us in a good position but we to come top of our pool so we need to keep winning.”

At 36, Bai is the elder statesman of the Tigers backline which has seen the addition of exciting talents Telusa Veainu and Peter Betham.

Under the tutelage of Aaron Mauger, one year Bai’s junior, Leicester have employed a more expansive game plan, and the Fijian centre is relishing his role.

“It’s great to have guys like that who can beat a man one on one,” Bai added.

“I used to be able to that a few years ago but now my job is to give those guys an opportunity to run.

“It’s been going well this season and I like helping where I can. There are still people to come back with Manu Tuilagi and then Jean de Villiers coming in so it’s very exciting to be at the club at the moment.

“It’s good to play against those guys but it’s even better to play with them.”

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