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Hard work pays off for Twelvetrees and Tigers

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Match-winner Billy Twelvetrees credited the Leicester Tigers squad's work-rate for a vital victory over Aviva Premiership rivals Harlequins.

Twelvetrees kicked six penalties – including two from inside his own half – as Tigers ended a run of four successive defeats and overturned an early six-point deficit to beat Quins 18-13 at a foggy Welford Road.

“Yes, we’re relieved to get the win,” said Twelvetrees, “But we’re very confident at home. This was a huge game for us.

“Quins had a try disallowed in the first half and that helped us get back into the game. We pride ourselves on our work-rate and that is what we build our performances on.

“In the first 20 minutes we were a bit off, our defence was a bit slack. Geordan said at half-time we had to pick it up, be a bit more physical and accurate, then we knew we could close the game.”

Twelvetrees took his season’s tally to 53 points from five starts in the Aviva Premiership, helping to secure a fourth successive league win at Welford Road and said he was enjoying the challenge of playing at fly-half and in a team shorn of its senior internationals.

“I’m relishing the opportunity,” he said. “There are great players around me and that makes it easier for me.

“Everyone looks to do things well. Our execution was slightly off at times today, but we can fix that.”

Tigers are back on home soil this Saturday when Newcastle Falcons are the visitors in the Aviva Premiership Round 9. Kick-off is at 3pm and tickets are available now.

Book your place via the Tigers ticket office at Welford Road. The office is open 8.30am-5pm weekdays, until 8pm on Wednesday and from 9am on Saturday. Call in now or use the Tigers ticket hotline on 0844 856 1880. Or book online any time.