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Forwards take pat on the back

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The backline may be ahead on try count so far this season, but Scott Hamilton's admiration for Leicester Tigers' forwards remains undimmed.

Hamilton ended 2009/10 as Supporters’ Player of the Season and with seven tries in 32 appearances. It was a total unbeaten by his colleagues but equalled collectively by the forwards who gained seven penalty tries.

The new season began with Hamilton (2) and fellow wing Alesana Tuilagi scoring against Northampton Saints and Hamilton added another in the win over Exeter Chiefs before the pack claimed a penalty score from a last-minute scrum.

“I’ve seen the video [of the try] and Marcos Ayerza was just outside me, maybe I should have given the ball to him,” said Hamilton. “But it’s always good to score, especially at Welford Road.

“We had a couple of penalties where I was looking to get the ball out wide quicker, but the Leicester machine that is the scrum got their penalty try and the bonus point. It was 3-1 to the backs on Saturday, but the scrum was awesome.”

Hamilton, though, admits there is work to be done ahead of this Saturday’s trip to London Wasps.

“There is plenty to work on in training,” he said. “It wasn’t a pretty win on Saturday. All sorts of things were running through my mind when they scored that try in the second half, but we knew if we could keep the ball and play our game we could come through.

“We made a few breaks but generally they ended in a turnover or a lost ball or a missed pass. Credit to them, they are a good side and they played well. To come to Welford Road and almost beat us and not even get a bonus point in the end is tough.

“We were a bit shaken at half-time, but we kept trying to play our game and we picked up in the second half. It’s only the second game of the season, and we will improve.”