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Leicester Tigers winger Niall Morris is here to stay– and everyone knows it


Niall Morris is no longer the surprise package of Leicester Tigers' season.

Some supporters may have been shocked to see the Irish winger keeping hold of the shirt for so long after a stop-start 2011-12 campaign, especially with the likes of flamboyant Fijian Vereniki Goneva on the sidelines.

But the 24-year-old Morris has been such a consistent performer, it would now be a major surprise if he did not add to his 21 starts so far this season against Bath and London Irish in the final two weekends of the season.

Having ran out with the team just 10 times last term, the Dubliner has grown in confidence with every start.

As well as good pace and a solid defence, that growing confidence was clearly in evidence in the bonus-point win against Wasps last Sunday, when he made an audacious pass between his legs as Tigers mounted one particular attack.

"I have been enjoying playing every week and that consistency is really good for my game," he said.

"I am trying to enjoy it as much as I can and be as confident as I can.

"On days like last Sunday against Wasps, when the pitch was firm and the weather was dry, we look to play a high-tempo game which suits me and our back line.

"We got the five points we wanted and we were happy with that.

"Our forwards were excellent. They bashed Wasps up front and put them on the back foot, which made it difficult for them to get time and space.

"We just need to keep winning now and we will get ourselves a home semi-final (in the Premiership play-offs). It's in our own hands."

Morris said Tigers' attempts to give the squad an easier week after the Toulon defeat certainly paid off.

"We had three tough games on the bounce away from home and the coaching loads were light leading up to the Wasps game," he said.

"And for the first time in weeks, we slept in our own beds on the night of the game.

"Being away has taken its toll and it was good to get back here to Welford Road.

"We were annoyed to lose in Toulon but we bounced back well against Wasps."

Tigers will have "close to a full squad" to choose from when they travel to Bath in the Premiership on Saturday.

The England trio of Geoff Parling, Tom Youngs and Tom Croft will all be available for selection after dropping out of last week's win against Wasps at a late stage.

Tigers can tie-up a home semi-final if they come back from the Rec with a win of any sort.

"We are in good shape and picking from a pretty full squad," said director of rugby Richard Cockerill.

"There is no question of resting anyone and we'll pick a strong side."

Leicester Tigers winger Niall Morris is here to stay– and everyone knows it

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