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Reaction: McKellar pleased with disciplined win

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Dan McKellar pinpointed discipline in executing the game plan when sharing his thoughts on the 60-7 win over Newcastle Falcons in Round 4 of the Premiership Rugby Cup.

Speaking after the victory, the fourth successive for his side so far this season, the Leicester Tigers Head Coach said: "I am really pleased; I particularly thought the first 40 minutes was outstanding."

"We had a clear plan going into the game and the players had the discipline to execute it, over and over again, up against a good Newcastle Falcons team.

"While pleasing, we'll stay humble and turn up Monday ready to get better."

The 53-point difference, including ten tries, was the third past the half-century mark in attack in the four outings for McKellar's side and the Leicester boss said it was certainly a "growth" in the side he could see.

"That's the growth within our game, something we have worked hard on."

However, McKellar was also keen to point out the work up front from his pack and efforts across the side on the other side of the ball in delivering an unbeaten start to the Cup campaign.

"Set piece and defence are the cornerstones of our game and it was brilliant today. I thought it was fantastic," he said.

"I am just pleased that what we are talking about in meetings, working on at training is transferring to the field.

"When you get opportunities, you need a spark to shift and use the spark which we will keep working to get better."

Harry Wells and Olly Cracknell made their first appearances of the new season in the win, making it 38 players in total to have run out for the club in four games, which McKellar said was a big positive in his first month of matches in charge.

"The beauty of the past four weeks has been that we have been able to share the workload, get everybody a run and they have all stood up when the opportunity has come," McKellar said.

"There is going to be some tough selection decisions to make with the depth we have and the input from the young players adding to that.

"It's a long year and everyone will be required, so need to take those opportunities when they come."