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Corry prepared for Final push

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Tigers captain Martin Corry will lead his side out at Twickenham today knowing another huge team effort is required if they are to return home as Premiership champions.

The 34-year-old back row, who led Tigers to success against Gloucester at the same stage of last season, is fully aware of the need to produce an impressive performance against perennial rivals London Wasps.

“It is about us as a team producing our best rugby and winning for ourselves and for our fans and that is the way the club has always operated,” says Corry.

“The mood of the camp is completely driven by winning big games. The last two games have been great team efforts. Everyone has had to do what they do to pull the team through. The Quins game went right to the wire and Gloucester was the same.

“The final is a huge game. It is a culmination of all the hard work we have put in through the season. It has been up and down but we have an opportunity now to make this season a success. The players are determined not to let this chance slip.”

Immediately prior to the final fixture of the regular league season, Tigers’ hopes of making it through to Twickenham looked incredibly remote. However, two stunning comeback victories over Harlequins and Gloucester have given Corry and his team-mates a chance of retaining their Premiership crown.

“When you go back a few weeks, things were out of our control. The only thing we could do was secure that European slot. But, as time goes on, goals posts are changed. As soon as we got into the play-offs, we were doing everything to beat Gloucester. Since then, everything has been focused on beating Wasps. That is all that matters, anything other than that would be a massive disappointment because that is our focus.

“We know how dangerous Wasps are. If we give them cheap turnovers they are a dangerous side. But we are not looking to what happened earlier in the year, we are just focused on this game. Whatever has gone on this season does not matter, we are purely focused on what we have to do to beat Wasps now.

“This is Tigers versus Wasps in the Guinness Premiership Final at Twickenham. There are millions of motivating factors and we are completely focused on playing the best rugby we are capable of playing.”