O’Connor hails Tigers composure

Leicester coach Matt O'Connor says intensity and composure were the key qualities in a bonus-point win over Sale on Saturday.

Leading 20-10 at half-time, Leicester went on to record a 41-18 victory with tries from Freddie Burns, Graham Kitchener, Owen Williams, Jack Roberts and George McGuigan, and remained four points ahead of fifth-placed Bath at the end of the Round 21 action.

"We thought if we executed on our opportunities we had then there was probably four tries in it for us," said Tigers head coach O'Connor.

"We miss-fired a little bit in the first half and we were a bit slow into the second half to get going but we're obviously pleased with the result in the end.

"Sharks are a good side, they have a lot of good players and we were a little bit inaccurate and kept them alive at stages, but in hindsight that was not a bad thing because it made us work that bit harder and knuckle down and be better in later in the game.

"We tried to make sure the game was intense across the 80 minutes, thinking we would get pay in the end and that's how it panned out.

"We were a bit inaccurate in some areas, mainly the lineout, but we talked about that and it was really pleasing to see how we fixed that and the composure around that in the second half.

"There are a lot of pleasing things from seeing what we are working on training and getting the results in playing.

"It was pleasing performance for the last home game of the season. The guys looked like they enjoyed it and it was a decent spectacle, which is great."

Leicester now to go Worcester in Round 22, while Bath are away to Sale Sharks, separated by four points.

Wasps, Exeter Chiefs and Saracens have already claimed the top three places, though finishing positions will go down to the last day as they are now separated by just two points.

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