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Round 20 Reaction: Richard Wigglesworth

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Richard Wigglesworth pinpointed the response from his side in the second half to secure a bonus-point, away win after going in to the break at 0-0 against Gloucester Rugby on Sunday afternoon.

Speaking after the 21-point, 5-21, Gallagher Premiership win at Kingsholm, the Leicester Tigers Head Coach said: "We've got loads of positives from it."

"It was tight at half time and we weren't doing what we needed to do, but, the fight from the group was immense and meant we could fix a couple of things to come out and dominate the second half.

"I was pleased that's what we did, that's what we saw from our group in the response."

Discussing the game plan he and his coaching team set out for the playing group, he said there were areas for improvement but highlighted the fight within his side as a key element to come away with after claiming a fourth successive league victory.

"Our plan was to deny them as many maul chances as we could and we didn't quite do that, but the fight to consistently stop that was most pleasing," said the Tigers Head Coach.

"This group doesn't give up, which you can see, and that was most pleasing today."

A last-minute try to Jasper Wiese secured the bonus-point for Leicester Tigers, which the Head Coach said was a sign of a side who could keep their heads under trying circumstances.

"We came to win the game, first and foremost. That's what we do every week," Wigglesworth said.

"When we got that chance at the end, we took it, and I was proud of the lads for the way they kept their heads and got across to come away with five points."

It's now a fortnight without a fixture for Leicester Tigers and Wigglesworth knows the only focus can be working hard and preparing for what's next, not anything beyond Bristol Bears at Mattioli Woods Welford Road on March 25.

"I think the lads have earned a few days off before we get to back to training and go again," he said.

"We have to keep being good, keep working hard, because we have the bye late on in the season.

"It's a case of playing everyone around us, which makes it tighter."

Wigglesworth will have a selection headache come the next match, when a handful of internationals return from the Guinness Six Nations, and said it will undoubtedly dominate his mind in the coming weeks.

"It will dominate my thoughts for the next couple of days on how we get that right," admitted Wigglesworth.

"But, for now, we deserve to enjoy this result and then when we get the several lads back we'll see how they best come back in and do what we do, which is to prepare for the next game.

"That's all we're thinking about, the next game. That's the most important, that's the only focus for us at Leicester Tigers."