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Reaction: McKellar on Tigers third win on the bounce

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Leicester Tigers head coach, Dan McKellar has reacted to the side’s 47-3 victory over Newcastle Falcons in round eight of the Gallagher Premiership at Mattioli Woods Welford Road.

McKellar praised his team’s display on a wet and chilly afternoon in Leicester where Tigers didn’t concede a try and bagged a bonus-point.

“What I loved about that performance is it had Leicester Tigers written all over it,” McKellar said.

You could clearly see our DNA and what we value as a team."

“Particularly in the conditions which were obviously challenging for the players and our supporters I thought our execution and discipline were outstanding.

“Newcastle are a team that score points, and they can hurt you at the maul so to leave here today having not conceded is really good reward is pleasing.”

After a challenging start to the season, Tigers now head into their first two Investec Champions Cup rounds off the back of three league wins in a row.

“Despite the fact results weren’t going our way early on, we were all on-board with the path we were taking and trusted that sticking together, backing the process and preparing well would lead to good performances which results come off the back of,” McKellar explained.

“I said at the time that I’d been here before when I took over at the Brumbies. Evolving your game but maintaining your principles as a club takes time, but I have to say that the buy-in from day one has been there and the performances these past couple of weeks is great reward for our players and staff.

“It’s important to enjoy your wins along the way but we know there’s plenty of challenges ahead starting this week against the Stormers.

“I’ve obviously watched the European Cup in the past, the Champions Cup now from afar and have always wanted to be part of it and the players are no different so we’ll enjoy this win tonight and get in on Tuesday with plenty of energy and excitement.”