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LTTV: Thompson previews Prem clash with Wasps

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Ahead of taking on his former team on Saturday afternoon, Guy Thompson sits down with LTTV to preview the clash with Wasps at Welford Road in Round 15 of the 2018/19 Gallagher Premiership.

Guy Thompson is not a good spectator.

Well, that's the Tigers back-rower's self assessment anyway.

After six weeks on the sidelines came to an end last weekend when he returned from a broken finger, off the bench against Worcester at Sixways, Thompson is favoured to earn a recall to the starting side this Saturday afternoon when his former club arrive at Welford Road in a huge Derby Day showdown with Leicester's long-time rivals Wasps.

"I hate being injured, it's the worst part of the job ... I wanted to be out there with the boys, trying to put things right."

While he was happy to be back on the pitch, the Tigers Family favourite admits he came away "gutted" after the last-gasp loss to the Warriors in Round 14 but says the squad has had to turn their focus to the next game quickly with only a six-day turnaround.

"It was great to be back ... it went on a bit longer than we thought it would, it was frustrating to be on the sideline," Thompson told LTTV.

"I hate being injured, it's the worst part of the job ... I wanted to be out there with the boys, trying to put things right.

"Gutted with the final result, I thought we did enough to win that game ... now we have to move on pretty quickly, because the games come thick and fast."

Speaking to LTTV at the club's Oval Park training ground, the back-rower says the mood is not only positive but the training week has been a good one ahead of the clash with the Coventry-based side and also called on Leicester supporters to help create a "hostile" environment for the visitors, of which he has been on a handful of occasions himself before making the move to the East Midlands this season.

"The mood is pretty positive ... we aren't a million miles away," said the 32 year old.

"We've had a great week at training and really want to get going now ... we really can't wait to get back home against wasps this weekend.

"We need everyone there to support us at Welford Road ... we want to make it a hostile feeling.

"I've been an away player there, it can make a hell of a difference."

Better qualified than almost anybody in the Tigers squad to speak about this Saturday's opponents, Thompson also told LTTV where it is that they will be looking to target he and his new team mate's this weekend, as well as what it is the Leicester squad will need to be on the lookout for.

"Wasps have got a huge amount of strengths and have talent in depth," he said.

"We know they will come at our set piece and attack us out wide as well."

The only other member of the Tigers group who has the inside line on what the visitors will possess is their former assistant coach and newly appointed Defence Coach, Phil Blake, who Thompson says has brought "clarity" since joining forces with Brett Deacon in guiding the side's defensive efforts.

"He brings a different point of view ... a lot of clarity to what we want to defend like," said Thompson.

"I'm really glad Deacs is still here doing defensive work with Blakey, he's a massive part of it ... we're defending to turn ball over, rather than for the sake of it."

Watch the full interview with Thompson below on LTTV.