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Second-half control key to victory - Geordan

Geordan Murphy praised the way Leicester Tigers took control of the second half to earn the win over Cardiff Blues on Sunday which booked a slot in the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

Tigers trailed 10-14 at half-time before sealing a 30-20 victory with tries from Sam Lewis, Jordan Olowofela and Ben White plus 15 points from fly-half George Ford.

The win put Tigers out of reach of Pool 5 rivals Pau and the Blues with a trip to the south of France to come in Round 6.

“It was a tale of two halves really,” said head coach Murphy.

“We started poorly, they got that early try and in the first half 80 per cent of the game was in our half. But we came in at half-time, re-set and the second half was much more pleasing. There was no cause for panic, we felt that with a bit more ball in the second half we would cause problems and that’s what happened.

“We controlled field position better, kept them under pressure and just did what we had to do.

“Yes, we can get better, but it was important after the win over Bristol to keep a bit of momentum.

“I was really pleased with the resilience when Cardiff had some good scores and we stayed in it to score some good ones of our own too.”

Tigers go to Pau on Saturday (2.00pm local, 1.00pm local time) in the final game in Pool 5.