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Round 20 Reaction: Julián Montoya

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Julián Montoya believes he and his Leicester Tigers teammates were made to work for the away win over Gloucester Rugby in Round 20 of the Gallagher Premiership.

Speaking after the bonus-point victory, Montoya said: "It was a very, very tough match and always a hard place to come and win."

"We showed great fight today and, after a good week of training where we worked very hard, we had to really earn the win.

"I am very proud of the team in the way we found a way to win against a class side like Gloucester at their home ground."

Neither side managed to add anything to the scoreboard in the first half, which Montoya believes was down to an inability to convert opportunities the Leicester Tigers side created for themselves.

"Our level of detail wasn't where it should have been in that first half," he said.

"But, we are improving each week in that area and I think that has been good.

"If you are not clinical against a team like Gloucester and their quality then you will struggle and we did today in the first half.

The match, which doubled as the second Slater Cup fixture, was the final away game for the regular league season for Leicester and Montoya said - home or away - he and his fellow Tigers know there will be a strong support in the stands.

"I love playing as part of this team wherever we are," Montoya said.

"Obviously, with the support we get at Mattioli Woods Welford Road then it is something special but just look around today, or an away game, and you see so many Leicester Tigers fans.

"They turn up for us everywhere in England and across Europe, we always have a great support with us.

"It was pleasing to give them another strong performance today and I hope that they enjoyed it."