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Tait relishing Leicester Tigers improvement

Tait relishing Leicester Tigers improvement

A steady start to the season is no cause for concern according to Leicester Tigers centre Mathew Tait, who insists the side are now going from strength to strength in Aviva Premiership Rugby.

Richard Cockerill’s side opened up with three wins on the bounce in the league, but only managed four tries in that time and slipped to a 19-6 defeat to Exeter Chiefs last time out.

However, things started to click into place for the Tigers during the European break with two bonus-point victories, including an impressive 33-20 win over Stade Français first up.

And with his side now firing on all cylinders Tait is confident the Welford Road faithful will see plenty more scores when Leicester look to avenge their last-season’s semi-final defeat to Bath on Sunday.

“We've put ourselves in a really good position in our group in Europe, and the way we played particularly against Stade was much more like how we want to play moving forward,” he said.

“As a group obviously Maug (Aaron Mauger) has come in with his ideas and we've had a few new personnel as well, and I think we've really benefitted from having an extended preseason.

“It's taken time for it all to get embedded in but there has been a great deal of growth which is exciting from our point of view.

“We're trying to grow week on week and Stade was definitely the best we have played yet in terms of looking at the more complete performance which was very pleasing, and getting ten points from the last two weeks has left us exactly where we want to be in the group.

“They were pretty different games; at times we may have even overplayed against Stade but that's all part of the learning curve.

“I think what Maug has done is just a mindset change; when you're attacking it's all about scoring points and when you're defending it's about getting the ball back.”

Brendon O'Connor stole the headlines for Leicester after galloping over for their third try and creating another in their opening European victory over Stade.

And despite the 26-year-old Kiwi making waves at Welford Road, Tait insists all the new boys are doing the Tigers jersey proud with their performances at the moment.

He said: “I don't think I need to hype up the impact Brendon has made any more than it already has done.

“He's obviously a brilliant player and having been around with everyone now for a few weeks he's settled in really well.

“He's a very nice guy who cracks on with his job, and he's been good for us so far; long may it continue.

“It's obviously really nice just to look round and see guys like that playing so well in the same shirt as you, but don't forget guys like Lachlan McCaffrey, Mike Williams and Mike Fitzgerald have all come in as well.

“They might not have had as big a fanfare but they've made as big of an impact and been every bit as good.”

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