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Another win can take Tigers into semi-finals

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Leicester Tigers will be playing for a semi-final spot in the LV= Cup when they host Newcastle Falcons at Welford Road on Saturday (3.00pm).

Tries from Andy Forsyth, Alex Lewington and Ben Pienaar carried Tigers to a 19-9 win at Harlequins in Round 3 on Saturday and now victory in the home game against Newcastle would give Tigers top spot in Pool 2 and a place in the knockout stages.

Director of rugby Richard Cockerill said he was delighted with the “performance and the attitude” of a young team in the win at The Stoop on Saturday.

“We came with the attitude to play, we knew they would do the same and thought it would be a good, open game,” said Cockerill. “That’s the way it turned out and we took our opportunities well.

“We defended well as a team, limited them to just a few opportunities and got the result three tries to nil so we have to be pleased with that.

“But it was a close game right to the end and both sides just kept trying to play.

“Alex Lewington got a very good individual score, Andy Forsyth finished his try very well, we finished another move off in the corner with Ben Pienaar, they were decent scores.

“It was a good performance with a lot of younger guys, and the older guys there to guide them.”

Cockerill was also pleased to see Forsyth come through his first game since suffering an ankle injury in the win over Ulster in the second round of the Heineken Cup, and have second-row Calum Green in action for the first time this season after a back injury.

“Having them back gives us that bit extra strength in depth in the squad,” Cockerill said. “We’ve used this competition in the last three years to build and develop players, but we want to be winning at the same time.

“We’ve got some young combinations on the pitch and that is great for their development and also for the spirit of the squad.”

Tickets for Saturday’s final pool match against Newcastle falcons are available now from the Tigers ticket office. Phone the hotline on 0844 856 1880, call in at Welford Road or book online. Or buy tickets at the Club Store in Market Street, Leicester.

Saturday's match will be followed by live coverage of Scotland versus England (kick-off 5pm) on the screens around the stadium and in the Final Whistle.