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Tait targets semi-finals with Leicester Tigers

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With only four rounds to go until the end of the Aviva Premiership Rugby regular season, Mathew Tait has more reason than most to try and extend Leicester Tigers’ season.

The full-back is off to France at the end of the campaign after inking a two-year deal with Top 14 side Bayonne.

So if the Tigers fail to make the semi-finals Tait’s four-year spell at Welford Road will finish on a bum note for a side that missed out on last year’s final for the first time in ten years.

With the battle for the top four spots still incredibly close, Tait and his teammates know that every game is absolutely crucial in the four-way battle for three spots alongside Northampton Saints.

“We are all aware of the situation but the table is not a huge focus for us, it’s just about getting the points at the end of the day. We will take a 3-0 win if that is what gets us into the top four,” he said.

“I have got four games left for Leicester, hopefully more than that, so particularly for me, I want to be involved and playing as much as possible.

“I want to have success for me before I leave but particularly for the guys around me, we have some great players here and even better teammates.

“It would be brilliant to finish with a title but I am just focusing on the next game at the moment.”

The next game for the Tigers sees them head to Allianz Park to take on Saracens, a must-win battle if the Tigers are to keep their slim chances of a home semi-final alive.

And rugby has brought a welcome distraction for Tait who last week became a father for the second time to new baby boy Elian.

With wife Alexa looking after the newborn, Tait has been on toddler patrol with first-born Xander and the former England international admits he is looking forward to getting back to playing.

“It’s been nice to get back to rugby,” he added. “With my wife having our second son it worked out quite well that I have been around, I have been sleeping in the spare room for the last five weeks to help her get some sleep and doing the school run and things like that with Xander.

“But now the rugby is back and we have been on a bit of a roll recently, so we want to get back to where we were.”

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