Sunday Mirror

Leicester battle on to semis

- BY GaRY FITZGERaLD

LEICESTER TIGERS clawed nearer to bringing back some European glory days to Welford Road by thrashing Newcastle Falcons in an all-English Challenge Cup battle.

The last-eight win also showed just why Warren Gatland has been keen to enlist Steve Borthwick’s services for his British and Irish Lions mission.

Ex-England lock Borthwick sidesteppe­d questions on his availabili­ty for the trip to South Africa – but this was another win which demonstrat­ed what an outstandin­g job he has done since taking charge of a club badly in need of a shot in the arm.

Leicester head coach Borthwick insisted: “We are trying to make fans proud and very much look forward to having them back in the ground.

This club built a habit of losing a lot of games and we’re trying to change that. The players’ attitude has been excellent from day one I came in.

“Our scrum laid the platform here. I want to build competitio­n throughout this squad as we are on a long journey and are making strides.”

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WanDERFUL Harry Potter scores the Tigers’ final try

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