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Long-awaited away win is another sign of progress

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Steve Borthwick said he was especially delighted for the Leicester Tigers players and supporters after a 20-14 victory over Gloucester at Kingsholm on Saturday.

On the way to a first away win in the Gallagher Premiership since April 2019, Tigers took the lead on the half-hour and led 15-7 at half-time before closing out the victory with scores from Tom Youngs, Dan Kelly and Harry Wells.

“We’re really pleased with the victory,” said head coach Borthwick at the final whistle while also identifying the importance of the lessons to take from a nervous ending when team had to dig deep in defence of a six-point lead.

“I’m pleased for the players, who are working exceptionally hard. It’s great to see them get success.

“For large parts of the game we played really well and there will be some great lessons to take from the final 20 minutes and how we let a team back into the game.

“The balance of the game was very good. You have to find an advantage over the opposition, and you find that in different ways. I thought our attack was very good at times and part of that last 20 minutes was that we didn’t continue to keep that pressure on them.

"I am very pleased for the supporters, I really wish they were able to be in the stadium watching our games. The players are looking forward to that day.

“There is steel in this team and those players – and that is not done by the coaches. That is the players, they are trying to find ways to win and enormous credit goes to them for the growth they are making.

“I am focused on as a coach how can we keep improving and moving forward.”

The win took Tigers on to 32 points from 13 rounds – beyond the 29 taken from the full season in 2019/20 – as they ended the weekend in seventh place in the Gallagher Premiership table.