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Boladau commends Cubs for effort in Bath win

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Ifereimi Boladau says life in Leicester is allowing him an opportunity to learn and grow, despite the back-rower admitting he's not one of the younger members of the fresh-faced Tigers squad this season.

Speaking on the pitch after the club's away win over Bath in the Premiership Rugby Cup, which Boladau featured in as a replacement in his second appearance for the side since joining on loan from Nottingham over the summer, he said: "It's always good to be part of a winning side, especially at an away game."

The Fijian back-rower also praised those younger members of the group for "stepping up" under tough circumstances, with the team down a man for the final half an hour of the match, in particular outside-centre and fellow new addition to the squad Joe Thomas.

"Joey really stood ... he really stood out in defence, we can count on him to lead the boys," he told LTTV.

"It's good to see the young boys stepping up."

The opportunity to be in Leicester and further improve his own game, after stints in England's Championship and Welsh rugby, have been a learning experience for Boladau and he is enjoying the chance to continue his development.

The back-rower also praised one of the matches standout performers, Greg Bateman, for his efforts in welcoming and helping Boladau since joining the club.

It's really good to be rubbing shoulders with the experience of guys like Greg Bateman and the rest of the boys," said Boladau.

"Even though I am getting old, I am still learning from the boys."

The Tigers have talked the talked over the summer months about improving their game and, after much scrutiny, their fitness levels to ensure they are competing until the final whistle.

And Boladau believes the win over Bath was another step in the right direction in delivering on those promises made during the pre-season.

"We have said we want to play for a full 80 and never drop off," he said.

"We showed that today ... it's the intent of getting up and off the line."