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Adam Thompstone scored a brace for Leicester Tigers

Adam Thompstone scored a brace for Leicester Tigers

Adam Thompstone scored a brace for Leicester Tigers

Leicester assistant coach Richard Blaze believes the LV= Cup provides an excellent opportunity for the Tigers to win some silverware this season.

After already having exited from the European Champions Cup, the Tigers secured a home semi-final after fighting back from a first-half deficit to claim a convincing 43-9 victory over Cardiff at the Arms Park.

Blaze said: "If you are not in Europe you want to be in the LV= Cup. To get a home semi-final is a massive advantage."

Blues led 9-3 at one stage before Leicester took control. Fraser Balmain, Niall Morris, Adam Thompstone (2), David Mele and Tommy Bell were their Leicester try scorers with Owen Williams kicking three conversions and a penalty.

Bell added two conversions for the visitors while the Blues could only manage three penalties from Gareth Davies.

Blaze said: "When we went behind, we didn't panic but we were lucky to come in at half-time ahead on the scoreboard.

"It is a tough place to come but we were very clinical and they gave up a bit in the end as we forced them to play deep in their own territory."

The failure to secure a bonus point meant the Welsh region could not to progress to the semi-final stage - where all four semi-finalists are English clubs.

Blues' assistant coach Duane Goodfield accepted his side were well beaten after their promising start.

He said: "We didn't take our points in the first half and the loss of experienced boys through injury were huge blows.

"We couldn't get any possession in the second half and we made some crucial errors.

"Their physicality told as they are a quality side and will possibly go on to win this competition."

Next weekend Leicester resume their Premiership campaign as they take on Gloucester and Blaze believes competition within the squad is going to make selection difficult.

He added: " Some of the young guys took their opportunities to impress. This will cause a few selection problems for next week as Jack Roberts and George Catchpole looked good together as a centre partnership."