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Round 24 Reaction: Mike Brown

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Mike Brown couldn’t hide his disappointment following the Round 24 defeat to Harlequins at Mattioli Woods Welford Road.

Speaking after the match, Brown said: “No, of course we’re disappointed, we always go out to win the next game.”

“For us, the only focus is only ever the next game and getting a result in it, which we didn’t do today.”

Asked about what the Leicester Tigers squad would take from the match ahead of the Gallagher Premiership semi-finals getting underway next weekend, he added: “Sometimes the best learnings you get, which I have experienced a lot through my career, is from losses.”

“What we do at Leicester Tigers is learn, win or lose, and so we just need to go away and see what we need to be better at, then work hard to improve on it.

“Next week will be a huge challenge and so we will need to be much better.”

Looking ahead to the trip north, Brown admitted it would be a “huge test” for the Tigers outfit.

“We are underdogs, deservedly so, and know it will be a huge test for us,” he said.

“But, all we will do is concern ourselves about what we can do, what we can improve on and how we want to play.

“It is just about preparing the very best we can, that’s all.”

Responding to questions about what would be the focus areas before travelling to Sale, Brown said it was simply hard work for he and his Leicester teammates that needed doing.

“We’ll see what the coaches come up with and then it’s up to us to work on during the week,” said Brown.

“What Sale have done this season has been brilliant, they have been exceptional all season and have earned a home semi-final.

“All we do now is get our heads down and work hard to be ready for the challenge of Sale Sharks.”

After joining midway through the current campaign, without a club, Brown opened up on what he is trying to contribute to the East Midlands club.

“This place is about having an unbelievable fight and working hard, which I had to buy into,” he said.

“It’s easy to come in for someone like me and get going in this group, with a coaching staff like this leading us and players working as hard as they do every single day.

“I just work as hard as I can and try to contribute, I just want to play a part and be the best I can be for the players around me.”

Delving further into the “privilege” of being a Leicester Tigers player, he added: “To get to play for a club like this with the history it has and the players to have represented it before me is not something I will ever take for granted.”

“Every time I pull the jersey on, it’s about me showing what it means to me and respecting what a privilege it is for me.

“I want to work hard, I want to be a part of this group and I am hugely grateful for the chance to do that.”