Butler praises ‘bottle’ after Leicester win
Ollie Fletcher’s 80th-minute try from a line-out in the right corner was converted from out wide by replacement fly-half Louie Johnson, with Butler saying: “To show that level of fightback from the boys was outstanding – to win the penalty, kick it right into the corner, score from the line-out and then slot the conversion.
“It was a big show of bottle to strike the winning conversion away at Welford Road with the last kick of the game, and any time you get a result here you know you’ve had a good night.
“There’s lots of stuff to fix and nobody is pretending the performance was perfect, but it’s a happy changing room down there.”
Having lost their previous cup games at Wasps and at home to Sale Sharks, Butler said: “Our last cup game against Sale Sharks had been pretty disappointing, but this one has ended on a massive high.
“Performance-wise we did loads of things which were exactly in line with what we’d talked about in the build-up – especially in the first half.
“Leicester Tigers have a real DNA running right through their club, and regardless of who you’re playing against – Under-18s, Premiership, Prem Cup or whatever – you know exactly what they’re going to bring.
“You know they’re going to challenge you and make things really tough physically, and they put it to us in the second half. They maybe thought they’d done enough to get a result, but our boys showed that bottle at the end.”
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