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Saturday 20 September 2014

Steele hails Murphy influence at Tigers

Scott Steele has been full of praise for Leicester sevens coach Geordan Murphy

Scott Steele has hailed the influence of former Ireland international Geordan Murphy as Leicester go for JP Morgan sevens glory at Bath.

The Tigers won two of their three pool matches to qualify and will take on Worcester and Harlequins for a place in the final, which will be screened live on BT Sport.

Leicester skipper Steele believes former Tigers threequarter Murphy has been key in their success so far and is confident the positive results will continue to come.

"Geordan Murphy has said that there is no pressure on us and to just go out there and play with a smile on our faces - it has worked," he said.

"It's really good to have Geordan there with his experience and the skills he has used over his career. He's very approachable, because he is a former team-mate.

"We are not going to rest on our laurels and we are going there to play."

Newcastle captain Warren Fury is equally confident of success, believing their three victories from three in Group B was no fluke.

"I wasn't really surprised that we won all our matches," he said.

"We just love to go out there and play and we are determined to make sure we don't let each other down.

"We have first-class coaches and some talented lads in our team, who love playing for the club and we don't really care who we play, we go out there with the same positive attitude."

Harlequins are another side who come into the game with a blemish-free record having beaten Saracens, London Wasps and London Irish - last year's winners.

Captain Harry Sloan says the transition to sevens has been relatively straightforward for his side, but having watched the other teams, is wary of the threats they may pose.

"We see ourselves as a good sevens side, because of the way we naturally play 15s," he said.

"All of the sides that have got through are very good.

"Worcester picked up three wins from their three matches and they look a very good side, solid in the middle with pace out wide and I would say they are a team to watch.

"Saracens are a very physical side, we played them in our last group match and although we were both already through, it was a game both sides wanted to win."

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