We became a little complacent, says Leicester Tigers' flanker Salvi
Man-of-the-match flanker Julian Salvi admitted complacency may have been an issue in Leicester Tigers' poor second-half showing against Treviso.
Tigers raced to a 26-7 lead at the break with the all-important four-try bonus point already in the bag.
It was an altogether different story in the second half though as Treviso took control, despite being reduced to 14 men for 10 minutes when Simone Favaro was sent to the sin bin.
Treviso won the second period 18-7 and created some gnawed fingernails at the final whistle as Leicester edged it 33-25.
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Salvi, who scored two of Leicester's four first-half tries, said lessons needed to be learned for next weekend's reverse fixture in Italy.
"They made us work hard for it and, to some extent, we came out for the second half too complacent and thought we could run away with it," admitted Salvi.
"In the end, that almost caught up with us and that is something we need to look.
"We need to make sure that we don't do that again. There was a lot of clock-watching to see how close they were getting near the end.
"You have to give credit where it is due and they came out well in the second half. Even with a man down, they made us work and started to find a way through the middle.
"Once they got their off-loading game under way, it proved that we have a lot of work still to do.
"We had to defend quite a bit in that second half and, when that happens, you get a bit leg weary and holes open up. They came through and got a few easy tries which we have to make sure doesn't happen next week."
Salvi was pleased with his side's first-half efforts, however, as they turned around their recent series of poor starts to run-in four tries within 38 minutes.
The Aussie's two scores came from close-range efforts, while a penalty try and one from returning England hero Manu Tuilagi helped to bag the extra point.
"We wanted to start well and we did that," said the 27-year-old.
"We got the four tries before half-time and were sitting comfortably. In future, we have to make sure that when we are up by quite a bit, we keep driving it through and make it a comfortable win.
"Next week in Italy, we have to make sure that our carries and passes are a lot crisper than they were today. If we do that, we know we have the players to score some good tries.
"It's job done and five points which puts us sitting nicely behind Toulouse. The crucial thing now is to go to Treviso and making sure we all do it again, next week."