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Smith wary of Leicester threat

Guinness PRO12 Editor

13 Dec 2012

Benetton Treviso coach Franco Smith admits that his side may have made their task even harder this weekend after their stirring second-half display away to Leicester last weekend.

Treviso, who currently lie eighth in the RaboDirect PRO12, complete their double header against the Tigers in Italy this weekend, looking for their first European win of the campaign.

And despite the frustration at the slow start which ended up costing Treviso a shot at the win at Welford Road – they eventually went down 33-25 – Smith is confident his team have it in them to cause Leicester a few more headaches in the home leg.

He said: “Obviously looking in hindsight it’s a shame with the chances we missed but we played against a top team who used their strength very well in the first half to cause us problems.

“We know they will come here needing a win but we want to make it difficult.

“Our second-half performance probably won’t do us any favours in that regard. They won’t take it lightly.

“We could have scored another try last weekend, and we probably shouldn’t have conceded as many as we did.

“We don’t play Premiership teams very often so we showed them a lot of respect early on. We need to believe that we can win these games and make them make mistakes.”