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Goneva ready and raring to go for rest of season

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Top try-scorer Vereniki Goneva says he is feeling fit and fresh as he approaches the final third of the season for Leicester Tigers.

After a mid-season trip home to Fiji, Goneva returned to score two tries in the 23-22 win at Worcester Warriors on Friday evening and take his tally for the season to seven in 15 starting appearances.

“I had a good break and I feel good,” said Goneva, back on the wing in the Tigers backline after a spell at centre.

“I’ve been home to see family and some good weather, and now I feel good and can look forward to the rest of the season.”

Goneva opened the scoring at Worcester with an interception try, picking off a pass from Paul Warwick near halfway to run away from the Warriors defence, and then added a smart finish after a sharp break from wing Blaine Scully.

“For the first try I could see the pass and felt I could get the ball,” he said. “Then the second try was a very good try for the team – it was a good lineout and a break from Blaine and I just wanted to get round to score behind the posts.

“You think after two tries you can maybe score more, but Worcester were working very hard, and we knew they would do that. We couldn’t get away from them. We kept them alive, giving away those penalties and they could build their points.

“It was very tough but we take the win and after the game Cockers and the boys were saying ‘it is four points’. We can be better than that but we take the four points and we have more big games coming up.

“These four games in the Six Nations are very big games, we’re looking no further than that.”

Tigers are back on home turf in Round 14 next weekend when they host Gloucester on Sunday (2pm). Tickets are available now. Call in at the ticket office, phone 0844 856 1880 or book online.