Telusa Veainu says the Leicester Tigers pack laid the foundations for the backs to flourish in the Champions Cup win against Castres Olympique.
Tigers ran in seven tries in a 54-29 bonus-point win at Welford Road in the first-ever meeting of the two teams, with all seven scores coming from the backs.
Veainu was the Heineken Man of the Match after scoring his first hat-trick for the club. Jonny May scored two tries to take his tally to nine in his first eight games for the club, Nick Malouf grabbed his first in Europe while Ben Youngs took his tally in the Champions Cup to 10.
And Veainu praised his teammates after what he described as the best performance so far this season.
“The forwards really laid that platform for us,” said Veainu. “They got good go-forward and the inside backs played really well. Matt Toomua, George Ford and Ben Youngs got some good ball for us to execute out wide.
“When you have the likes of Jonny May and Nick Malouf I just have to give it to them and look for some crumbs off that.
“There are a lot of threats but we have to do the hard work first before the spaces open up for us, and that’s what the forwards did.”