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Gibson double proves to be a first

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Daryl Gibson entered new territory with his double score as Leicester Tigers beat Worcester Warriors 35-20 on Saturday to book a semi-final spot in the EDF Energy Cup for the second successive season.

"It was great to score two tries as I haven't scored that many for Leicester," said Gibson. "I didn't score at all last season because it was a bit of a stop-start year for me, and I've never scored twice in a game for Tigers."

The New Zealand international centre touched down twice in the last 11 minutes of Saturday's Group D victory at Sixways to take his tally up to 13 tries in 71 appearances for the club.

"We have been talking about attacking more with ball in hand and we certainly did that against Worcester," said Gibson.

"We wanted maximum points and we went out to play from the first whistle. After the first two tries I thought we were going to have a good day, but they had a decent go at us and things got a bit disjointed for a while.

"I was pleased that Worcester tried a bit of attacking endeavour instead of shutting up shop and kicking for the corners. That made it an entertaining game.

"But we're still a little disappointed with the amount of opportunities we created and did not finish off."

With the number of overseas players restricted to just one in the Guinness Premiership, Gibson was delighted to get a full game as the rules allow two 'foreigners' in the knockout competition. His defence was as solid and as visible as ever, while the two tries showed a cutting edge to the experienced centre's play.

"I really wanted to deliver a full 80 minutes because the foreigners rule made the last few weeks a bit disjointed," said Gibson. "We have not been able to put the same team out week in and week out but we have a good squad and everybody has to do their bit."