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Agulla aims for another shot next year

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The disappointment of defeat at Twickenham has already given Horacio Agulla extra desire for another shot at the trophy next year.

Argentina wing Agulla ended his first season at Tigers with a starting place in the team for the Aviva Premiership Final on Saturday, his 22nd appearance of the campaign.

“It was a huge experience for me to end the year with the final,” Agulla said after the final whistle went on a 22-18 defeat by Saracens at Twickenham.

“I have played at Twickenham for Argentina a couple of times before but this was different, today was a final and it was a very special game in the season for the club. It was great to be a part of that, but we are very disappointed obviously that we could not win it.”

Agulla whetted his appetite for the English club game by watching last year’s Premiership Final, when Tigers came from behind late on to beat Saracens, as he ended a spell with Brive in France.

“It was another very close game today,” he said. “We did not play well in the first half, we did not take good decisions at times. But then in the second half we played a lot better, we started to play more like we are used to playing, and maybe we could have got the win in the end.

“There were a few opportunities for us to maybe score in the second half and in those moments you have to take them in these games or the other team will take theirs.”

Looking back on the season as a whole, Agulla added: “In the first part of the year it was hard because I did not play so much and the coaches did not know me. But I think they know me now, the fans as well, they give me support and I really enjoyed that. I want to thank the fans for the support and the coaches as well for giving me opportunities.

“Next season is going to be different because I know the teams, the players, the coaches, the moves, they know me and my language is getting better – it is better than the Kiwis!

“I don’t want to have just the experience of this final with Leicester, I would love another chance to win the final.”