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White draws lessons from arm-wrestle in Bath

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Leicester scrum-half Ben White says a two-week break following a relentless schedule of 19 consecutive games will serve the Tigers squad well.

“This has been a big block of games and sometimes, when results aren’t going your way, it’s mentally harder than it is physically,” he said, following a tight tussle away to Bath in Round 9 of the Gallagher Premiership.

“But we understand the pressures on results. This a results-based industry, so we need to keep improving and, while we we’re losing games by small margins, everyone’s driving in the right direction to get us to where we want to be.

“You do want to get straight back out there, but I think [the break] will be good for us.

“Again, it’s more time on the training paddock to get things right, eradicate those little mistakes and polish up all those little things that people might not see.

“We’re playing some good stuff, but it’s more time together to really start to glue things.”

Following an upturn in the team’s performances in recent weeks White admitted that the squad must now focus on removing the ‘little errors’ from Tigers’ game.

“We missed a couple of chances to get points, and they capitalised; and that’s cost us,” he said.

“I think we played some good rugby. We had times when we moved the ball well, we had times when we kicked well and controlled the territory well, and we probably controlled the game for the most part.

“But you miss chances in the 22 or you leave some points out there and it costs you.

“Bath want a brawl on that pitch that’s sticky and stodgy and wet and horrible, they want to get you into an arm wrestle, and when you miss those chances … it’s hard to get it back.”

Despite the result, though, the 21-year-old was keen to draw the lessons out of appearance number 51 after hitting half a century in France last weekend.

“I’m still young, and these are all valuable experiences for me,” he added. “I’m banking every single one of them, and it’s only adding to my knowledge of the game and help me improve and go forward.

“That’s exactly what I want to do. I want to keep playing for Leicester, I love playing for Leicester, so to get to that mark [of 50 games] … the job’s not done.

“I want to keep helping the team move forward, because it’s exactly what I’ve wanted to do since I was little.”