Leicester Tigers head coach Aaron Mauger has confessed that his side are feeling the effects of a tough season after securing a place in the Aviva Premiership semi-finals for the 12th successive year.
A 31-17 bonus-point win over Worcester Warriors on Saturday afternoon booked a playoff spot for fourth-placed Tigers, alongside Saracens, Exeter Chiefs and Wasps.
Despite the margin of victory, Mauger was unhappy with his side's overall showing and believes that it is a direct result of some "emotional" recent fixtures both domestically and in Europe.
"I'm pleased to get to the semis, it's a nice feeling," BBC Sport quotes him as saying. "But the performance was a bit flat.
"It was probably a reflection of the last four weeks; four big, emotional games - Gloucester, the European quarter-final against Stade Francais, the derby against Northampton, and Racing.
"We could see during the week that the boys were mentally and emotionally flat and that transferred into the performance."