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Reaction: McKellar proud of Tigers troops in Twickenham

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Dan McKellar described the one-point, 19-20, away win over Harlequins as "massive" for his group when the Leicester Tigers Head Coach spoke following the match.

Asked about his assessment of the result, he said: "It's a massive win, to be honest."

"We've been going at it for 23 weeks in a row, so we get 10 days off now and so can go into that feeling good about ourselves.

"Harlequins are a very good side, a dangerous team with ball in hand, and opened us up at the end. But, I thought we played very well tonight."

Looking back on a long run from the opening weeks of the season, his debut campaign in charge, McKellar said there was "momentum" building within the Leicester ranks after a challenging start.

"It was always going to be a tricky start for us to this season, with twelve guys away at the World Cup and a couple of injuries, which tested the depth and strength of the squad," he said.

"We are starting to build that momentum, that cohesion, and aren't perfect but come away happy tonight with that win."

Speaking further on the performance, which included leading for the majority of the match and having the bulk of possession, he added: "We knew we had to bring our A-game with defence tonight, they have got genuine threats across the park."

"For the most part, we kept them away from how they wanted to play and I really thought our kicking game was fantastic this evening.

The Gallagher Premiership now takes a break, which will include a period of rest for the Leicester side before facing Ealing Trailfinders away in the Premiership Rugby Cup semi-final in February.

For McKellar, it's about enjoying the result in Twickenham before getting back to work ahead of the penultimate round of the Cup competition in a fortnight's time.

"I am really proud of the effort from the group this evening, we felt we dominated the majority of the game tonight," McKellar said.

"I am glad they can have a few days off, enjoying that performance and result here tonight."