Dan McKellar: Leicester Tigers ‘higher’ for cup remaining defeat, says head coach

Action shot from Leicester's Premiership Rugby Cup final defeat by Gloucester
Leicester’s rematch with Gloucester comes simply seven days after they misplaced the Premiership Rugby Cup remaining to the Cherry and Whites

Boss Dan McKellar says Leicester are “higher” for final week’s Premiership Rugby Cup remaining defeat by Gloucester as they put together for a direct rematch.

With league motion restarting after a two-month break, Leicester’s residence sport on Friday might form their Premiership hopes with six rounds left.

“We’ve to get a response this week,” McKellar advised BBC Radio Leicester.

“We will likely be higher for that sport. Clearly it was disappointing final week to lose the ultimate and we had been a bit of bit clunky. We hadn’t performed an entire lot of rugby during the last couple of months.

“Generally you simply have to provide credit score to the opposition, lick your wounds and perceive you had been overwhelmed by a greater crew on the night time.

“However pleasingly, and it does not occur that always, I mentioned to the gamers that it is a little bit like Take a look at rugby.

“You play a Take a look at match after which you’ve one other crack per week later in one other Take a look at match, so that’s how we are going to method it.”

Van Poortvliet set for return

The perimeters that line up within the league this week are anticipated to be significantly totally different, with the worldwide contingent of gamers who had been away on Six Nations duties obtainable for choice.

Lock George Martin and prop Dan Cole, who each began in England’s defeat by France on Saturday, might are available in however there may also be a return for scrum-half Jack van Poortvliet after eight months out.

The harm price the 22-year-old a spot ultimately yr’s World Cup, however McKellar says the playmaker is on the cusp of a eagerly anticipated comeback.

“Jack’s very shut and so he will likely be an enormous probability of taking part in this week,” McKellar mentioned.

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