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LTWR line-up for second weekend of fixtures

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Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby team will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways in the second set of Super Series Division One fixtures this weekend. 

The team travel to Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury on Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2 following their fourth-placed finish in the first round of fixtures at the start of January. 

Five points off leaders West Coast Crash, Tigers’ Gavin Walker knows that the team will have to put in a performance as the competition’s reigning champions. 

“Overall, we were a little slow to perform anything near our best on the last outing,” he said. “However, as a club we are looking to ensure that all our players in both the first and second team get real meaningful game time.

“We all train hard each season and so the option to be able to rotate our lines will be a positive for the club in the long run, and ensure we have the right depth to challenge.”

Now one of the team’s senior players, as well as a seasoned international for Team GB, Gavin is proud of the culture head coach Darren Matthews has instilled in the team. 

“We don’t put too much pressure on ourselves to perform because we need to balance our performance with growing the club.

“It was good to see our players performing under pressure and implementing the skills and tactics we work hard on. You can really start and see the patterns on court and given time this will be tough to beat.”

The introduction of a second team highlights how far the club has come in recent years. A growing sport, the club is also looking at new ways to improve player development. 

Gavin continued: “We have introduced video analysis of our games, so we can go back and review where we may need to make improvements. Trying to cut out our own mistakes and identify where we can be more clinical is a great platform.”

The #TigersFamily can keep up to date with all the action from the weekend by following @TigersWR on Twitter.