Tough Spell Will Make Us Stronger

The Leicester Tigers had a messy game against Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership.

I think the difficult spell we have been through at the club will make us a stronger side when we come out of the other end.

Our performances against Worcester and Gloucester were simply not good enough by the high standards we set ourselves.

We were better against London Irish last weekend but there are still things we need to work on.

There has been lots of flak flying our way during this spell.

There are plenty of people who like to have a pop at Leicester whenever they get the chance to.

It’s easy when bullets are being shot at you and people are saying that your form is terrible to go off on your own agenda and lose belief in what you are trying to achieve.

But as a club, we have pulled together and that is when we are at our best.

We are a tight-knit team and we will go into battle with the same goal.

Hopefully, this rut is not too bad for us. Coming through this together will make us stronger as a team.

And throughout a spell when we have not been anywhere near our best form, we have still won all three of those games.

That shows the character of the players and coaches at Leicester. Even when we are playing poorly, we still manage to beat sides that have been desperate to put one over on us.

I remember when Marcelo Loffreda was here as a head coach. 

On the last afternoon of the regular season, we were down in seventh place in the table at one stage while we were losing at home to Harlequins.

But we kept playing until the last second, got a late try and, with results going our way elsewhere, we ended up finishing fourth and making the play-offs.

That took us to Gloucester in the semis and we beat a side that had been top of the table for seemingly all season.

We have been in this situation before and we have players who can offer their experience to get us through it. 

It’s actually nice being the underdog and proving people wrong. People don’t like to see winning teams win every year in any sport and we have managed to get back to Twickenham for the last nine years on the bounce.

This is probably our toughest task of the lot but we will keep plugging away again and see what happens.

Jordan Crane carries the ball for Leicester Tigers against Gloucester, into two defenders.

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