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Run shows we are building nicely says O'Connor

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Matt O’Connor says Leicester Tigers must continue to “build their game” after securing a third successive league win on Sunday.

Following wins over Harlequins and Saracens, Tigers made it a hat-trick with a 34-5 victory at Worcester Warriors to move into fifth place in the Aviva Premiership table after 17 rounds of competition.

“It was really tight but we wore them down at the back-end of the game and thankfully got a couple of tries to get the bonus point,” said head coach O’Connor.

“The five points will be very important. We have things to improve on and we're building nicely. We’re not the finished article by any stretch, but it is getting better.

“I thought it was a very professional performance. We played in the right areas, Sam Harrison and Matt Toomua managed it brilliantly and the forwards aimed-up for us.

“We are trying to get better week on week and there were elements there that were better. We turned over ball a few times, but that was largely due to Worcester’s defensive pressure and they made us work incredibly hard. But we were pretty accurate and the bench was good and we came home strongly in the last 20 minutes.”

Tigers led 12-5 at half-time thanks to an early Jonah Holmes try and a score from Greg Bateman. But a penalty from Matt Toomua early in the second half provided some breathing space before two tries from Telusa Veainu and one from Manu Tuilagi secured victory for a seventh successive time at Sixways and avoided being on the receiving end of a season’s double from Warriors.

“I’m really proud of the effort today,” added O’Connor. “It was a tough game off the back of what we did at Sarries last week and we stuck at it for 80 minutes which was really pleasing.”

Tigers return to Aviva Premiership action with a home game against Wasps on Sunday, March 25 (3.00pm). Tickets are on sale now. Book in person at Welford Road, phone 0116 319 8888 or book online using the link below.