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Olowofela breaks down quick-thinking score against Warriors

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Leicester Tigers wing Jordan Olowofela revealed his sense of déjà vu when he dashed in to dot down against Worcester Warriors on Saturday.

The 21-year-old chased a neat stab through from Ben White in Round 12 of the Gallagher Premiership, beating Warrior fly-half Duncan Weir to touch down in front of the Welford Road faithful.

But, following the final whistle, Olowofela explained that the two Tigers Academy graduates had run the exact same move 24 hours earlier.

“We had our Team Run here on Friday, and the exact same thing happened,” he smiled.

“The ball spilled out of the breakdown and I saw Whitey go for it. I just followed him and he kicked it through.

“If you look on the [advertising] boards you’ll see I actually broke it [on Friday], so there’s a bit of déjà vu there, I guess!”

The score was a backs highlight in a game defined by grunt up front, though Olowofela was quick to pay tribute to his forward colleagues.

“You’ve still got to do your individual role,” he continued. “For me, that’s chasing kicks, looking after the back field, and hopefully the ball comes out for you to take your opportunity.

“But it was a real forwards’ game, especially in that second half, and they kept us in it. Without them we wouldn’t have won the game.

“The game was a lot tighter on the pitch with the forwards keeping the possession and us backs waiting for our opportunities, but if the forwards are doing well then you want to keep the ball in with them.”

The 14-8 win extended Tigers’ unbeaten home run in 2020, though Olowofela described it as just another step towards the club’s ultimate goal.

He added: “You’ve got to take your chances. This is a confidence boost after Sale, and this puts us back on track.

“We’re slowly building, getting our wins here and there. Last week definitely wasn’t a performance to remember, but these little wins help us build.

“These are little building blocks here and there, and they all add on.

“We’ll take each game as it comes.”