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Murphy praises Roberts after win

Leicester backs coach Geordan Murphy praised centre Jack Roberts after his fine performance in the Tigers' 17-8 LV= Cup home win over Northampton Saints.

Roberts, a 23-year-old Welshman who signed from Rotherham last October, set up one of Leicester's two tries on their way to a win which keeps them on course for a semi-final spot.

Murphy believes Roberts has a bright future and said: "He's a nuggety little centre who reminds me of Tom Youngs. He had a great turn of pace and good skills.

"He played a fantastic game. He signed just before the Barbarians game and broke his cheekbone in that game so he's been out for a while.

"He played his first game for the A team against Northampton a few weeks ago and had a good game.

"He's exciting and one of those players who gets the crowd excited when he gets the ball. Hopefully he can kick on through to the first team. He's a genuine option."

Leicester's third successive win keeps them top of Pool Three on 13 points and they will go through to the semi-finals if Wasps lose at home to Cardiff tomorrow. Northampton still top Pool Two on nine points, one ahead of Cardiff.

Next weekend, the sides play their final pool games, with Leicester away to Cardiff and Saints at home to Wasps.

Leicester scored first half tries through lock Sebastian De Chaves and number eight Laurence Pearce to lead 14-3 at the break. Howard Packman scored for the Saints in the second half but the visitors' errors cost them several tries.

Murphy said: "We went out there to throw the ball about. It was scrappy and we made a lot of mistakes. Our standards are better than that, but conditions were not good."

Saints back coach Alex King was disappointed not to at least get a bonus point.

"These LV= Cup games are brilliant, you see a lot of guys stepping up, and to play at a packed Welford Road against a very good Leicester team was invaluable experience," he said.

"We are disappointed with the result but in terms of attitude and spirit, I thought it was first class."

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