Twelvetrees thrilled with Leicester Tigers debut

Billy Twelvetrees has described his Tigers debut as a dream come true after Leicester fought back for a 32-32 draw with Ospreys in the Heineken Cup on Sunday.

Twelvetrees scored on his debut and only found out that he was making his first Tigers appearance 10 minutes before kick off when Dan Hipkiss withdrew through illness.

“It is what every boy dreams of, playing in the Heineken Cup for Leicester Tigers who are such a prestigious side.” said Twelvetrees.

“I loved every minute of it.” he said on the Tigers site.

He added: “You work hard to get here and I just love playing rugby. “

“It is a great honour to play for Leicester Tigers first team, especially in my first game in the Heineken Cup .”

Twelvetrees was one of three tryscorers along with Lucas Amorosino and Jeremy Staunton scored their first Tigers tries.

Johne Murphy scored the other try in the second minute but it was Staunton’s late try that secured the bonus point which has the Tigers in second place and above the Ospreys who they drew with.

Twelvetrees took over kicking duties from Staunton, who had received a knock, and added nine points with the boot to his five for the try making a total of 14 points – on debut.

He said: “I practise kicking all week with (kicking coach) Paul Burke and Jeremy Staunton so I was happy to take over.

“I tried to relax and pretend I was on the training field. I knew Paul Burke would be saying to relax, go slowly and hit through it.

“I will get my head down in training this week and work hard. There are a lot of great players in the Tigers squad and to get a chance has been fantastic. “

“Hopefully I will get to do it again.”

Leicester Tigers will be in action again at Welford Road on October the 31st against Northampton Saints in the Guinness Premiership before they face World Champions South Africa who will visit on Friday, November 6 to officially open the new 10,000-seat Caterpillar Stand.

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