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Wigglesworth previews Falcons fixture

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Richard Wigglesworth speaks from the club's Oval Park training base as the Leicester Tigers squad prepares for a second successive weekend away in the Gallagher Premiership, travelling to Newcastle to take on the Falcons on Saturday afternoon.

Speaking about last weekend's loss to Sale Sharks, Wigglesworth said: "We dealt with it after the game and, then after watching the tape, not much changed in terms of what I thought about it."

"I reviewed it over the weekend and went through it on Monday, as we always do, and the response since has been first-class from the lads."

Discussing the additions to the injury list, the Tigers Head Coach added: "Yep, there are a few more bumps and bruises and not everyone will make it this week."

"We are not going to put anyone out there until they are absolutely ready to fire, we won't risk anybody."

Two weeks into the role, with one win and one defeat, Wigglesworth also said that no long-terms goals were being set and the focus remained very much on the job at hand.

"I won't be putting anything on myself, won't be putting anything up on the wall as a goal we have to achieve by a certain time," he said.

"What we will be doing is going after the very best preparation each week to give these players the best chance every weekend.

"Our work ethic and effort won't change, we will still be fighting for one another and looking to improve every day."

Looking ahead to Saturday's trip to Newcastle, Wigglesworth said there was plenty to be aware of in the Falcons side.

"The kick the ball beautifully and have a scrum and maul which has been really strong," said Wigglesworth.

"They are a tough northern team, uncompromising in their approach up front and then have quality out wide, including two wingers who have been scoring for fun and a world-class centre in Matías Moroni, who we know well.

"You just have to look at some of their recent results, which people have called big scalps and aren't that at all; I think Newcastle will tell you they are results the Falcons will have expected to get and deservedly so."