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Loffreda thanks Tigers for faith

Marcelo Loffreda
Leicester are in the Premiership final for the fourth straight year

Leicester Tigers coach Marcelo Loffreda has thanked the club for placing their support in him after the Premiership play-off victory over Gloucester.

Reports suggested Loffreda's role with the Tigers had been on the line as the club struggled to qualify for Europe.

But Sunday's 26-25 victory at Gloucester booked their place in the Premiership final against Wasps.

Loffreda told BBC Radio Leicester: "The fans, the players, the squad and the staff were really supportive."

Former Argentina coach Loffreda has been under pressure at Welford Road after a string of inconsistent performances since the start of the year.

The Tigers only made the semi-final play-offs after a win over Harlequins on the final day of the Premiership season thanks to Tom Varndell's 77th-minute try.

Tigers in the Premiership final
2005 lost to Wasps 39-14
2006 lost to Sale 45-20
2007 beat Gloucester 44-16
2008 play Wasps at Twickenham

They have now reached the final for the fourth successive year after becoming the first ever team to win an away semi-final.

Loffreda also paid tribute to the continual support from Tigers chairman Peter Tom and chief executive Peter Wheeler.




see also
Cockerill hails Tigers resilience
19 May 08 |  Rugby Union
Gloucester 25-26 Leicester
18 May 08 |  Gloucester
Tigers deny Loffreda will be axed
21 Apr 08 |  Leicester


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