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More opportunities to come for Tigers

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Head coach Marcelo Loffreda is confident that Leicester Tigers can make the most of their remaining opportunities in the Guinness Premiership after defeat by London Wasps on Saturday.

“We are going to keep going, we are not giving up in anything,” Loffreda said after the 24-19 defeat at Welford Road just seven days after a convincing win over the same opponents at the EDF Energy Cup semi-final. 

“We have a lot of confidence in the team and the players. That is the main thing for me and we think if the players keep on going and they work very hard in the last part of the season then we can still do well.

“It was a big disappointment to lose by five points but also that we were not consistent. After two good games against Saracens and Wasps in the cup we were asking the team for consistency and we could not get it.

“We knew it was going to be difficult to face this game against the same team for a second week. It was a different challenge but Wasps played well, they played on the front foot and we did not.

 “Our defence was not good. We had the organisation but we missed a lot of tackles and that cannot happen.

“At half-time we talked about a lack of concentration in the first half and we did not have it again. We came back into the game better after that and scored a try.”

Gloucester and Bath still occupy the top two places in the Guinness Premiership  table, followed by Harlequins and defending champions Tigers, with Sale, Saracens and Wasps close behind as the season enters its final phase.

“We are going to have more chances but we need to believe in ourselves. We are capable to coming back to be much better than we were against Wasps,” Loffreda said.

“It is still a wide open league, all the teams are very competitive. Everyone takes points off each other. Gloucester have lost to Worcester this weekend. We have to try to be less inconsistent than the other teams. That is our aim, that is our challenge.

“With no game next weekend, we are going to work as usual at the beginning of the week and then have a few days free for everyone to freshen themselves up. It is important to have a break as it is a long season.”