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Round 21 Reaction: Richard Wigglesworth

Richard Wigglesworth pinpointed the way in which his side adapted to the game to help secure a 46-24, bonus-point win over Bristol Bears at Mattioli Woods Welford Road.

Speaking after the Gallagher Premiership win, the Leicester Tigers Head Coach admitted his players had to reassess and react at half-time.

“I thought the players were exceptional in the second-half, they really grabbed it,” said Wigglesworth.

“But there is plenty for us to be better at, especially around the contact area.

“We were second best for much of the first-half and spoke about what needed doing at the break, which the players did and that’s what you want to see as a coach.”

Wigglesworth also praised the leadership of his experienced players in the win.

“I thought our more experienced players really stood up today and you saw the younger lads followed them,” he said.

“I am really proud of them, all of them, for the way in which they just keep turning up for one another.”

Asked about a highlight from the six-try effort, it was none of those scores which stood out for Wigglesworth.

“The little things were a highlight for me today,” Wigglesworth said.

“We had a small advantage because of their injuries and they had a bit of a problem in the pack, but our forwards had to go to work and what was great was that they did just that.

“The lads pressed home that advantage.

“You’ve got moments to make decisions in that are crucial. Today, in this moments, we made the right decisions.

“At one stage, the scrum-half is in at the bottom of a ruck so Julián steps up, goes forward and that leads to Polly’s attacking kick for the try. You have to just make those moments count.”

Sitting third in the league after a string of successive wins, Wigglesworth was asked about what he believed would be a successful outcome in this season’s league.

However, he refused to look any further than next Friday night’s return to European rugby.

“We only have one thing to think about now and that is Edinburgh coming here next Friday night,” said the Tigers boss.

“The league is so tight and still plenty of rugby to be played in it. However, for now, we can only control preparing properly for a game in six days against a side packed with Scotland internationals.

“This group deserve to enjoy this feeling today and then, come Monday, get back to working hard ahead of what will be a big test on a short turnaround.”