Leicester turning things around

Date published: October 22 2014

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Leicester lock Graham Kitchener believes the worst is over following back-to-back wins over Harlequins and Ulster at home.

Leicester lock Graham Kitchener believes the worst is over following back-to-back wins over Harlequins and Ulster at home.

Kitchener has been a prominent figure for Leicester with second rows Geoff Parling and Ed Slater sidelined through injury.

Three straight losses to Bath, London Irish and Gloucester had the Tigers in real trouble earlier this season as their injury crisis weighed them down.

However keeping those last two results in mind, Kitchener has pointed to confidence growing amongst the group.

“Maybe it was a confidence thing but we found that against Quins and Ulster, that determination not to be beaten,” said Kitchener.

“Guys go out and guys come in and the guys that come in, we trust them. They are good players in their own right and the people that are coming in are performing well.

“I think we are performing pretty well and we are certainly enjoying playing together – hopefully we can carry that on.”

Kitchener is also benefiting from playing alongside Brad Thorn in the engine room, with the 39-year-old’s influence already making an impact.

“Having Brad around has been great for me, really. He has won pretty much everything in the game and rugby league as well.

“He is a good guy to talk to and a good influence on the squad and on me.”

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