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‘Happy’ Holmes believes Tigers can still improve

Jonah Holmes says the biggest positive to come from Saturday’s bonus point win over Gloucester at Welford Road is that there is still plenty more the Leicester Tigers squad are capable of delivering on the pitch.

Speaking at full-time, I visibly happy Holmes said: “We’re all really happy in here with the win and display we put on in front of our home fans.”

“But, I think what’s most pleasing is that we know we can do even better and are capable of even more.”

Holmes crossed one of Tigers four tries in the 18-point, 34-16 victory over long-time rivals Gloucester after being shifted to fullback following a month on the wing for Leicester and says he’s growing more and more comfortable in the role.

“I feel like I’m improving with each chance I get at the back and really enjoying playing there, especially on the end of a backline like we have,” Holmes said.

“We backs owe a lot to the effort of the forward pack today, who were awesome in delivering front foot ball for us from the very first minute.”

Leicester now turn to the final fortnight of European fixtures in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup pool stages and the Welsh international is relishing the chance to face off against new friends.

“It probably means a bit more personally than it might have before I made my debut,” said Holmes, who received his first Test cap in the 2018 Autumn internationals for Wales.

“There are a lot of guys from Scarlets I got to know well over Autumn and I’m excited for the challenge of taking them on,” he said.