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Marco ready for the next challenge

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Two wins out of two at the start of the Guinness Premiership season, a home win on his Welford Road debut and a Bradstone Man of the Match award, Tigers summer signing Marco Wentzel has had plenty to smile about recently.

But he knows that the tests keep on coming in the Guinness Premiership, with London Wasps next up at Adams Park on Sunday.

?The big games come week after week in the Premiership,? the summer signing from Treviso in Italy said. ?That is what makes it such a great competition, there are no easy games and you have to perform very well every game.?

Acting head coach Richard Cockerill admitted that the win over Bath last Saturday was not pretty, but the 26-16 result completed a notable double for the start of the season.

South African second row Wentzel played a full part ? and may even have had a try of his own to go with the scores from Johne Murphy and Matt Smith with a long-distance race for the line during the second half.

?Maybe 10 years ago I would have scored!? he said. ?I was aware there was a player coming at me, but I didn?t realise it was the winger, I just thought ?this guy?s pretty quick?.?

Tigers were not to be denied, giving Wentzel a great start to his Welford Road career ? and the Tigers home crowd certainly made an impression.

?You always hear about the Leicester crowd and the club?s winning record at home,? he said. ?I thought the crowd was amazing and I?m just glad that we pulled out the win.

?At half-time we were three points behind so it was just great to get the win from there. We did not play as well as we wanted to, but we got the win. We did not play anywhere near our potential, but we will take it. You never say no to a win.?