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We’ve got a lot of growth to go, says Cole

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Leicester Tigers must continue on their path of unrelenting development, says tighthead prop Dan Cole.

The 95-cap England international spoke to the media at Twickenham Stadium after Tigers fought back from 14 points down to a 30-all draw with Harlequins in Round 7 of the Gallagher Premiership.

“It’s a strange one, but I’d say that, overall, we’re pleased,” he said. “It’s obviously disappointing when you draw a game, but at the same time to come back from 14 points down, it’s two [Premiership] points we didn’t have at the start of the day … so we’ll take it.

“We’ve got to pick up more points, and to do that we’ve got to perform better.

“It showed some character to come back from 14 [points down], but we’re not in the changing room slapping ourselves on the back.

“We know that we’ve got to be better next week, and that starts immediately.”

Now two rounds into a three-game block of Premiership fixtures, Cole added the club must keep striving to improve week by week.

“We’re just playing game by game,” he continued. “We refocused after Europe and said we had to perform against Exeter at home [last week], the focus against Harlequins was getting better than we were last week.

“Our focus now is getting better for next week, and if we play to our potential, results will come.

“We’ve got to make sure we keep performing and improving, and that’s what we’re doing.”

Tigers now look to their first game of 2020, as Bristol Bears visit Welford Road this Saturday (January 4, 1.00pm).

Cole added: “Ask me in a week’s game if we’re better. That’s where, as a team and a squad, we’ve got to try and get better.

“There’s no point looking anywhere else – at what’s going on outside of Oval Park, Welford Road – because we’ve got to keep focusing on ourselves and getting better as a team.

“There’s still a lot of growth to go, and we’ve got to work hard this week to keep that going.”

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