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Ford calls for more 'complete' performance

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George Ford believes the priority for he and his Tigers team-mates is on delivering a more consistent performance from kick off through to the final whistle against Harlequins on Friday evening in Twickenham.

The Leicester fly-half also says the current Premiership standings are not something the Tigers can focus on, despite sitting in 11th spot of the league table ahead of the trip south to take on 'Quins in the penultimate round of the season.

Tigers have had a shorter week than usual after suffering defeat at home to Bristol six days ago, which Ford admitted was 'nowhere near' what is expected of the side.

"It has been a short turnaround and while we know it's nowhere near good enough, we have to get over previous results quickly and focus on the next job," Ford said.

In response to questions about their current position at the bottom of the ladder going in to the final fortnight of fixtures, the Tigers No10 added: "We can't look anywhere other than ourselves and the performance we are putting out on the pitch."

Ill-discipline has played a part in allowing opposition sides back into the match against Leicester throughout their 2018/19 campaign, which Ford says extends beyond being shown yellow or red cards.

"It's not about just not giving penalties away, but cutting out those individual errors as well," he said.

"It's also about doing the right things for the majority of the game.

"We have got to stick to what we work on during the week ... as individuals, we all have a responsibility to delivering what we work on at training."

Looking ahead to the crucial clash with Harlequins, Ford acknowledged the 'big challenge' awaiting he and his Tigers team-mates in Twickenham.

"Quins have been good this season and are dangerous across the park, we are in for a big challenge," said Ford.