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Marcelo all set for another first

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Marcelo Loffreda will chalk up another first at Leeds Carnegie on Saturday when he experiences his first Guinness Premiership match as head coach of Leicester Tigers.

The Argentinean has been with Tigers for the last two weeks following his success at the World Cup with Argentina and has been involved in the last two games, against Leinster and Edinburgh in the Heineken Cup, but Saturday’s trip will be his first on league duty.

“Everything is new for me, but I always look forward for new challenges and occasions like this,” said Loffreda, whose team sit in fifth place in the Guinness Premiership, six points behind leaders Gloucester, after four wins in the opening six fixtures.

“Leeds are not in the best position in the Premiership but we cannot rely on that or their previous performances. We have to take every game as a big challenge. It is a Premiership game and they are all tough games. Away from home it will be even tougher.”