However, Tigers skipper Martin Corry insists history will have no bearing on Saturday’s EDF Energy Cup semi-final.
“The reason why there is such a big rivalry between the two clubs is because both sides have been there or thereabouts in terms of success in recent years,” says Corry. “History will play no part on Saturday, though. Previous results aren’t going to have any influence on what happens at the Millennium Stadium.”
Tigers travel to Cardiff on the back of an impressive win over Guinness Premiership play-off rivals Saracens and Corry is keen for his side to build on last weekend’s victory in what will be a massive game at a superb stadium.
“That win does help and we know what a huge game this is. We weren’t completely satisfied with last week’s performance but there were a lot of positives there and that’s important. We now have to build on that performance. Inconsistency has been a problem of ours and we now have to make sure we don’t regress.
“The Millennium Stadium is an excellent stadium. The crowd are very close and it makes for a huge atmosphere. Regardless of where you play this game, it’s of huge importance for us. It’s the semi-final of the EDF Energy Cup and we’ve got to make sure that we do ourselves justice.”
With the RBS 6 Nations now having reached a conclusion, Tigers welcomed back their senior internationals to training this week, with Corry certain they will have no trouble in readapting to club surroundings.
“We’re pretty comfortable in our environment and the players coming back are very comfortable in the set up we have here. It’s a question of making sure we’ve ironed out everything we need to iron out and making sure those players coming back get the calling structure right. There’s never been a problem for us with guys coming back from international duty because of the attitude and motivation they show for playing for Leicester.”