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Exciting week for Tigers squad

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Fly-half George Ford says the Leicester Tigers squad is "buzzing" and looking forward to an LV= Cup Final appearance next weekend.

Ford kicked four penalties in the 17-16 victory at Bath in Friday night’s semi-final and is now preparing for a derby match in the final against Northampton Saints at Worcester’s Sixways Stadium on Sunday.

“To come down here in a semi-final against Bath, in a big game for us all, and get the win is great for everyone,” said the 18-year-old.

“I thought everybody was really solid, like they were against Quins in Round 3, and took the opportunity again. Guys have come in and played exceptionally well.

“With 20 minutes to go we dug in and in a close game you just have to find a win. You try not to think about the occasion or the opposition, you just keep your focus on what you are doing and on the next play.

“There was a great atmosphere in the dressing room. That group of players have been together through the cup this season. We went to Scarlets and got battered in the first round but we’ve turned it around and that is a good feeling with the same group of lads. It is buzzing in there.

“Now we’ll try to build as we have for the last few cup games and then we’ll give it our best shot.”

Graham Kitchener scored his first try in Tigers colours in a nailbiting semi-final encounter at The Recreation Ground, while Ford landed all four penalty attempts.

Northampton beat the Scarlets in the second semi-final.