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Borthwick keen to continue seeing improvement

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Steve Borthwick says the focus at Leicester Tigers remains on improvement as they prepare to travel to London to take on the reigning Gallagher Premiership champions.

While Borthwick’s side have three games in the next seven days, as Tigers continue to fight on three fronts as the back-end of the season approaches, it has not shifted the view of the Leicester boss.

Tigers have confirmed places in the knockout stages of the Gallagher Premiership, Premiership Rugby Cup and Heineken Champions Cup competitions, not that it has changed any mindset at Oval Park.

“I am always asking myself if players are improving,” said Borthwick.

“If they are improving, we are carrying the team forward and - as a group - improving. If we continue to improve, continue to learn, we will put ourselves in a position to win games.

“We talk very clearly about getting into position to win games and we do that by doing things well. And if you do that you win more often than you lose.”

Speaking further about the priorities in Leicester, Borthwick added: “We just want to keep heading in a forward direction.”

“One of my jobs is to set clear priorities of what we need to get better at and let’s focus on that, you cannot focus on everything all the time.”

Previewing Saturday’s game at Twickenham Stoop, the Tigers Head Coach admitted the London outfit possessed “threats” throughout the side.

“Harlequins are a dangerous team with multiple threats,” he said.

“They have a really strong attacking game, phase attack game and also have a strong kicking game, led by Danny Care and Marcus Smith.

“On top of that, Harlequins are a side with a strong set piece and experienced players up front in their forward pack.

“They can play in different ways. That is what you usually get in good teams, they can challenge you in different facets of the game.”

Borthwick names his side to travel to Twickenham Stoop at midday on Friday.