Tait lauds Tigers' team spirit

11th Jan 2014, 20:43

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Pleased: Mat Tait

Pleased: Mat Tait

Leicester Tigers centre Mat Tait hailed his side's togetherness as they came from behind to claim a bonus point win over Treviso.

Leicester Tigers centre Mat Tait hailed his side's togetherness as they came from behind to claim a bonus point win over Treviso.

The Tigers looked in trouble in the first half, as they trailed 13-8 at the break in Italy.

Indeed, it was not until the hour-mark had been surpassed that Richard Cockerill's men took the lead, eventually running out 34-19 victors.

The all-important try bonus point was bagged late on, leaving Leicester two points behind pool leaders Ulster ahead of the pair's colossal meeting at Welford Road on Sunday.

"We got what we set out to achieve from the game and that was maximum points," Tait told the ERC website.

"At half time we were in a bit of a hole but it's a mark of this team that we've been in that position a few times this year and we've managed to dig ourselves out of it.

"That's testament to the group. We've got some really experienced guys in there and players who put us in the right parts of the field, certainly in the second half.

"If we had been on our game from the start we wouldn't have been in that position, though. By our own standards, the first half wasn't really good enough.
The last 30 minutes were a better reflection of how we wanted to play.

"A lot of teams get caught out with coming down here - it's a difficult place to play. We knew that Treviso are a very physical team and they would make it difficult but we need to have a look at ourselves because our standards will have to be a lot higher against Ulster."