McCaffrey hails Tigers back-row

Date published: April 18 2016

Leicester back-row Lachlan McCaffrey thinks his side has a good mix of options in their loose trio as they look to end the season strongly.

McCaffrey, who has impressed since arriving from London Welsh, started on the openside on Saturday as the Tigers saw off Northampton 30-23.

He's regularly started at number eight this season but with Brendon O'Connor ruled out, he switched to seven as Opeti Fonua came into the side.

"It's a versatile back-row," he told the Tigers website.

"There are lots of guys who can swap and change. It's nice for the coaches to be able to put guys in positions where they can come on at six, seven or eight and do the job.

"Whoever gets that jersey every week needs to perform because they have got so many good back-rowers in the squad.

"I was happy for Opeti to get an opportunity. I have known him for a while now and he has worked really hard with his fitness and his game and it was good to see him play a really strong 50 minutes."

Victory saw Leicester open up a seven-point cushion over the Saints in the race for the Premiership semi-finals. And that has delighted McCaffrey as they now prepare for a Champions Cup semi-final against Racing 92.

"We knew when you come down to fourth versus fifth playing for a finals spot that it is going to be full-on for 80 minutes," he said.

"We played well in patches and they were chasing the game towards the end. Our defence held out and the boys were really pleased."