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Coach Loffreda proud of players' recovery

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Marcelo Loffreda congratulated his Leicester Tigers players after proving their recovery from Heineken Cup defeat by Edinburgh with back-to-back wins at Welford Road.

The pool-stage loss at Murrayfield ended Tigers’ hopes of a place in the knockout stages of this season’s competition, but they have since recorded victories over Leinster and then Newcastle Falcons.

After seeing his Tigers team run in four tries and move up to second in the Guinness Premiership table with a 41-14 victory over the Falcons on Saturday, head coach Loffreda said: “I am very satisfied with the win. I think before the game there was a lot of uncertainty because it was a game with two good teams. But we played really well.

“The team tried to be on a level with the performance last week and they did it.

“After Edinburgh we had to come back, that was the challenge and the team did it really well against Leinster and now against Newcastle.”

Tigers are without a game this weekend, but return to Guinness Premiership action with a trip to league leaders Gloucester on February 9.

“We have some momentum again but we cannot rely on that,” Loffreda said. “We know every team, every game we want to build with good preparation and good mental state.”

With the senior international players preparing for the Six Nations, Loffreda will also be relieved to get through Saturday’s match without any serious injuries. Aaron Mauger was replaced during the second half after injuring a finger, while Ben Kay’s withdrawal was only a precautionary measure due to a tight calf muscle.