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LeoVegas Fans' Favourites: Greg Bateman and Tommy Reffell

Leicester Tigers forwards Greg Bateman and Tommy Reffell, who shared the supporters vote to win the LeoVegas Fans' Favourite award in Round 3 of the 2019/20 Premiership Rugby Cup, share their thoughts on the away win over Bath Rugby.

Reffell crossed for his debut try of the new season in the 11-point victory at The Rec, on the end of one of Bateman's two line-breaks in the match, to score the first five-pointer of the fixture.

Bateman, who has become a fan favourite among the Tigers faithful for his attacking prowess as a front-rower, said his focus was on doing the job the side required when the time comes.

"I’ve always enjoyed the carrying side of the game and been something I have prided myself on," said Bateman.

"With the sort of attack we have got, we need ball carriers in the pack and I am happy to put my hand up.

"You don’t always get the ball but when you do, you have to do something with it."

His team-mate and fellow Fans' Favourite recipient was also complimentary of his front-rower's efforts and the part he played in helping put Reffell in space for his try.

"It was a lovely little move," said Reffell post-match.

"Greg did a great job to get his hands free and offload.

"He did the hard part, I just had to finish it."

The Welshman also praised his fellow Tigers for their efforts in defence while a man down for the final thirty minutes of the match.

"Fair play to Bath, they did some really nice stuff and dented us a few times on the edges," he added.

"But, to our credit, we worked hard to scramble back and hold our own line."