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Derby Day preview: Tigers v Saints

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Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints put their unbeaten starts to the Anglo-Welsh Cup on the line at Welford Road on Saturday in front of the biggest crowd in the tournament's history outside the knockout stages.

A capacity gate of 25,849 is expected for the local derby with the last remaining tickets on sale now. Book at the Tigers ticket office, phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or online by clicking here.
Tigers and Saints have met on 236 previous occasions, with Tigers leading 133-83 on wins, with 20 draws. Saturday’s meeting will be the sixth time the two sides have met in the cup, including the 2012 Final won by Tigers at Worcester’s Sixways stadium.
The first meeting of this season brought a 19-11 win for Tigers in the Aviva Premiership, with Adam Thompstone scoring the decisive try. Click here for all the details from that encounter.
Both sides have started the Anglo-Welsh Cup campaing with two wins, Tigers beating Bath away and Newport Gwent Dragons at home, while Saints have overcome Newcastle Falcons and Gloucester ahead of this Round 3 encounter.

The coaches of both teams shuffle their pack for Saturday’s match, with Tigers welcoming Michele Rizzo, Tom Croft, Fraser Balmain and George Catchpole back from injury, while Saints bring in lock David Ribbans for his first appearance since arriving from Western Province last month. Sam Olver comes in for the injured JJ Hanrahan at fly-half and No8 Sam Dickinson has his first game since November’s win over Worcester Warriors at Sixways.
Tigers coach Geordan Murphy, a veteran of numerous derby days at Welford Road, said: “The Anglo-Welsh presents a different opportunity for different players – the younger guys are excited by coming in for a big local derby in front of a sell-out crowd, and the older guys have a chance to get some field time.
“It is going to be a tough fixture, it does not matter what competition or what level the game it is always a real battle with Saints. From our point of view it is exciting, local derbies are as good as they come, the boys are excited, the coaches are excited too. Hopefully it will be a great game.”
Welsh official Dan Jones takes charge of Saturday’s game.
Saturday features a host of activities around matchday as p[art of our #TigersFamily Day at Welford Road. Click here for more details.