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Fitzgerald rises high in OPTA stats

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The return to action of JP Pietersen and Telusa Veainu grabbed the headlines after victory over Bristol Rugby, but it was the all-round work of Mike Fitzgerald that stood out in the official statistics from the game.

Fitzgerald made more tackles, won more lineouts and stole more lineout ball than any Tigers other player, according to OPTA, the Aviva Premiership’s official statisticians.
Second-rower Fitzgerald made 13 tackles in the 50-17 bonus-point victory. He also won four lineouts on Tigers’ ball and stole possession at two Bristol lineouts.

Fitzgerald said: "We’re pretty happy with the result. I think the thing that was good for us is that last week we were up on Gloucester and perhaps didn’t finish it strongly, but at half-time this week we were well ahead and this time wanted to finish it off.

"“I think we’re generally happy as a team, but there are things to work on, we know that. Hopefully we can go away (to Quins on Friday) and keep that going.”

The steals took Fitzgerald to five for the season, joint third in the league alongside team-mate Graham Kitchener. Ed Slater is one behind on four steals for the season.

Owen Williams, meanwhile, set up four tries – the most by a Premiership Rugby player in a game since OPTA began to record data in 2008-09.
Mike Williams made the most carries by a Tigers player in the game with 16. He was followed by Adam Thompstone (13), who also made the most breaks (four) and the second highest number of metres with 70m.
Only Veainu made more metres for Tigers with 85m. Veainu also beat eight defenders and three offloads, both team highs for the Round 15 fixture.