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Reaction: Hudson happy to face challenges and credits Warriors

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Although the side have suffered a second loss in the Allianz Cup, senior coach Tom Hudson is taking the positives from the match, including a try bonus point and the way the side has continued to build.

"It's our first point on the board, our first point at this level so we have to celebrate it. Whenever you set up anything from scratch, you have to celebrate the small wins. As we've seen so far, everything isn't going to fall easily for us because we're Leicester Tigers. What I'm taking from this game is the celebration of the small wins and that includes our first point in the Allianz Cup.

"We have to credit Worcester. I think they've got a great backline, they're very well coached, they've got multiple threats, particularly off set-piece. Our challenge is getting points on the board and then making sure we don't concede; it's something we've clearly struggled with in these first two fixtures".

That consistent momentum has been tough to retain for Tigers; however, Hudson insists this won't effect the process and the long-term programme that the club have set in place. 

"We keep building by continuing to work on what we've been working on. The wheels don't fall off because we've been beaten by two strong Premiership teams. We have to keep moving forward, progressing and learning.

"Yes of course we'll tweak things in training. But every 80 minutes of rugby we get under our belt at this level we will learn far more. We've got two weeks between now and Bristol away from home and we need to maximise that time". 

The game also saw four further debutants as well as several players who weren't involved last week getting their first taste of the elite level of women's rugby. This included wing Zoë Evans, who came off the bench last week against Sale and scored two tries today after starting the match.

"The girls have come on immensely. Zoë Evans is a prime example of the growth in their game from when I first met them, that growth and their game understanding is phenomenal. It's so good to see these girls understand their roles and responsibilities."