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Hard-working Wells urges Tigers to ‘kick on’ in Europe

Leicester second-rower Harry Wells says his Tigers side have put themselves in the perfect position to ‘kick on’ in Europe after securing a quarter-final place with a pool game to spare.

Tigers remain unbeaten in their European Challenge Cup campaign heading into their final Pool 5 fixture away to Pau this Saturday (January 18).

“We’re always striving for perfection, we always want to be better, but five wins out of five is still good for us,” he told LeicesterTigers.com. “This is a tough competition, and winning all of our games to this point is really important for us in keeping building.

“At half time [against Cardiff], we spoke about getting a bit more control of the game.

“We hadn’t really had a huge amount of territory and possession in the first half, so it was about taking that control and getting into our stride after the break.”

“I pride myself on the amount of work that I get through.”

Harry Wells

Second-half scores from Jordan Olowofela and Ben White sealed the deal against the Blues, with George Ford’s two drop goals creating extra breathing space on the scoreboard.

The result assures Geordan Murphy’s men of a place in the final eight of the competition, and two more points this weekend would confirm a home quarter-final regardless of results elsewhere.

Wells continued: “As for this week, nothing changes for us. We’re going there to win, and we’ve put ourselves in a good position to kick on in this competition.

“Momentum will be really important going into Bath [in the Premiership], so we’ll make sure to roll on from there.”

And the versatile forward – used at lock against Cardiff, but deployed in the back row in recent weeks – explained the squad can expect another physical contest at the Stade du Hameau this weekend.

“I pride myself on the amount of work that I get through,” he said, when asked about his impressive work rate against the Blues.

“Wherever I start gives me a good opportunity to get through that work, and it was a big, physical game last week.

“They challenged us at the breakdown and we were forced to address that – and we expect more of the same this week.”