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Reid "delighted" with Leicester debut

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A "delighted" Noel Reid admitted it was nice to finally be back on the pitch after what the Tigers fly-half described as a "long pre-season" in preparation for his debut season in Leicester.

We want to build Welford Road back up to being a fortress again and give the crowd something to cheer about

Noel Reid

Reid played almost 70 minutes at fly-half in his first appearance for the club after moving to the East Midlands from Leinster over the summer and shone in the No 10 shirt, to receive BT Sport's man of the match award for his efforts.

Speaking on the Welford Road pitch post-match, Reid said: "I am delighted to get my first game at Welford Road."

"It has been a long pre-season, so it is nice to eventually step on the pitch and play."

But, despite recording a bonus-point victory and putting on an entertaining display in front of more than 13,000 Tigers fans, Reid was quick to point out there was a lot of work to be done with the focus solely on being fully prepared for the start of the Gallagher Premiership in three weeks.

"There is still a lot of work to do," Reid told BT Sport.

"The lads played well tonight but our main focus is Worcester away in the League in a few weeks."

The victory was the first at Welford Road for the Leicester squad in five appearances and more than 200 days, which Reid said had been a talking point throughout the summer amongst the squad.

"It is something we have talked abut ... we want to build it back up to being a fortress again and give the crowd something to cheer about," said the Tigers fly-half.

He also acknowledged the want from he and his team-mates to show the Tigers faithful they were doing it for them. 

"We need them [Tigers fans] to get behind us in these home games ... we're going to do our best for them," he said.

Tigers travel to Bath next Saturday (October 5) in Round 3 of the Premiership Rugby Cup before welcoming arch-rivals Northampton Saints to Welford Road in the final round of the competition on Saturday, October 12.