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Loffreda praises Tigers' pride and passion

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Marcelo Loffreda was delighted with the pride and passion shown by his players in Saturday’s 25-9 victory over Leinster at Welford Road.

After the disappointment of bowing out of contention for a Heineken Cup quarter-final place with the defeat in Edinburgh, Tigers returned to form to run in three tries and secure victory in front of a 17,000-strong crowd.

“We did not have the opportunity to continue in this competition, but a victory was still very important for our club, for our team and for our players,” said head coach Loffreda.

“The players showed a lot of pride and that is one of the things we were asking during the week. They answered it with a good victory.”

Asked what he had learned from his first experience of Heineken Cup rugby, Loffreda said: “It is a really hard competition, each game is like a Test match. You have to be aware of not making mistakes and you have to be very clinical.

“It was an exciting experience and I have learned a lot from it this season.”

With the European campaign over for this term, Loffreda and his players must now focus on the Guinness Premiership and EDF Energy Cup, starting with the league encounter with Newcastle Falcons at Welford Road this Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

“We are frustrated and disappointed to go out of this competition because this is a club that always looks for excellence,” he said.

“But we are not in the rest of the tournament and now we have to look forward at other games and objectives in the other competitions.”

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