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Deacon: Tigers determined to finish strong at home

Leicester Tigers assistant coach Brett Deacon says the Tigers are focused on ending the 2023/24 season on a positive note this Saturday at Mattioli Woods Welford Road.

“Friday was obviously a disappointing result for us,” Deacon said.

“Reviewing the game, our discipline gave them far too many opportunities to dictate the game and when you’re under pressure, executing your game plan becomes harder and harder.

“As coaches, we spend a lot of time reviewing our game, reviewing our training content and again, we know that ultimately we’re judged on results, but as a group we see the opportunities created and that our game is evolving in the right way .

“Exeter is a massive game for us. Our supporters have turned up all season, as they always do, and we have to put in a performance for them.”

Saturday’s game also serves as a final farewell for the players who are leaving the club.

Deacon insisted the Tigers would also be determined to give the likes of Jasper Wiese the shutout they deserved.

“Saying goodbye to players is never easy, especially those who have given so much to the jersey,” explained Deacon.

“I know how special it is to play for this club and I have no doubt that those lads, especially those who have been part of a Premiership winning team, will leave here proud to have played and won for Leicester Tigers .

“You never want to single anyone out, but I think everyone at the club will miss Jasper’s impact because he’s a special player and a good guy off the pitch.

“He came here wanting to progress his career and he’s certainly done that.

“He will definitely leave nothing in the tank on Saturday.”