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Tigers on top but four more big games to come

Leicester Tigers sit on top of Pool 4 in the European Champions Cup after taking six points in the opening two rounds.

European action takes a break now until the back-to-back fixtures in December, but Tigers head coach Matt O’Connor says the team have given a decent account of themselves in the opening weeks of the tournament.

“To take six points from those two games is important,” said O’Connor after Saturday’s 54-29 victory over Castres Olympique.

“It puts us in a good place where we can still control our own destiny to an extent.

“But there are still four enormously tough games to come and we know that to do well we’ll have to get good results in those four.

“If we can build some confidence on the back of performances like today there is still a lot of growth to come.”

Tigers are on top of the Pool 4 table, level on points with Munster (6), one ahead of Racing 92 (5) and three ahead of Castres (3) in the tightest of the group in the tournament.

Telusa Veainu scored three of the seven tries against Castres who came back to claim a try bonus of their own with four second-half scores after the home side had raced into a 54-10 lead before the hour mark at Welford Road on Saturday.

“Overall, the key thing is the five points,” said O’Connor, “although we’re a bit disappointed that we dropped off a bit late in the second half.

“We started really well, recycled well, Ben Youngs and George Ford were moving the ball around and we were putting holes in their defence.

“We were a little bit disappointed with the performance against Racing last week and wanted to take it to the next level today.”

Tigers are back on league duty this week with a Sunday trip to face Newcastle Falcons in Round 7 of the Aviva Premiership season before a return to Welford Road for the opening fixture in the Anglo-Welsh Cup against Gloucester on Saturday, November 4 (3.00pm). Tickets for that match are available now at the Tigers ticket office. Call in at Welford Road, phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2)(open 9.00am-5.00pm Monday-Friday) or book online any time.