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Round 20 Reaction: Guy Porter

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Guy Porter admitted the side were prepared for a "confrontational" match coming into Sunday's Gallagher Premiership fixture against Gloucester Rugby.

Speaking after the match, Porter said you could see the physical nature of the game from start to finish.

"It was a tough game, which we knew would be the case coming here to Kingsholm against a side of Gloucester's quality," said Porter.

"You saw, going into the break at 0-0, it was two teams really going at it and giving everything.

"It was a confrontational game and we wanted to be a part of that, we wanted to take it to them today."

Discussing the first half, in which neither side scored points but didn't stop in their attempts to try and get across the chalk through tries, he added: "It was an arm wrestle that first half, so keeping the territory was important."

"We back our line out, the forwards work really hard on it and we have that trust in them as a group.

Porter made his first starting appearance in six weeks, just his second outing since returning from injury, and added it had been a frustrating spell watching on from the sidelines.

"Injuries are a part of the sport and it has been one of those seasons, where I have had a few bumps along the way," he said.

"It's always frustrating, as you want to be out there, but I am looked after really well at the club - we all are - and you just have to keep working, getting yourself ready for when you're selected to give your all for the team."

The victory was the fourth in as many weeks for Leicester and the Tigers centre said next week's match-less weekend provided an opportunity to address areas for improvement.

"We have tried to put in a good block over the past month and got a lot from it," Porter said.

"But, there was still plenty today that we didn't do as well as we would have liked to and so need to take the opportunity to improve in those areas and then begin to prepare for the next game.

"The next one is all that matters, we aren't looking beyond it."

Leicester's next match, in a fortnight, is against Bristol Bears at Mattioli Woods Welford Road and Porter said the group are excited about being back at home.

"This is a hungry group and we want to keep progressing, keep improving and find ways to be better," he said.

"To a man, we all want to be out there and playing and it's competitive in the group to keep driving one another.

"Thankfully, we got a good run of games back at Mattioli Woods Welford Road now which is something we don't take for granted and love to do with the supporters we have at home."