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Marcelo prepared for first Tigers semi-final

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Marcelo Loffreda heads into his first semi-final as Leicester Tigers head coach this weekend as his team lock horns with London Wasps at the Millennium Stadium in the EDF Energy Cup.

Tigers face Wasps on successive weekends with a home date in the Guinness Premiership to follow on March 29, and go into the double header following victory over Saracens last Saturday which maintained their position in the play-off frame.

Loffreda said: “It was a good test of character and the players succeeded in that test. It was important to get the win because Saracens are a good team who have been playing well. But it also gives us tempo and momentum to go into these difficult games against Wasps.”

The senior internationals returned to club duty this week after their Six Nations commitments and Loffreda said: “We have more players available than for the last five weeks, but to have choices is not a problem. I would like to have that situation every week!”

Tigers won the EDF Energy Cup last season with final victory over the Ospreys at Twickenham after overcoming Guinness Premiership rivals Sale Sharks at the semi-final stage in Cardiff.

“We try to have a good position in every cup we play and we know that everybody will make an extraordinary effort to do that,” said Loffreda, who has previously visited to the Millennium Stadium with Argentina for matches against Wales and also the British & Irish Lions.

Tickets for Saturday’s EDF Energy Cup semi-final are still available from the ticket hotline on 08705 582 582.

Tigers Travel Club has a few places remaining on the first package for this weekend’s game, with the bus departing Welford Road at 8am and returning 45 minutes after the Tigers versus Wasps fixture.
The cost of travel is £19 for members and £22 for non-members. Contact the ticket office on 08701 28 34 30 for more details. The second Tigers Travel Club package, returning after the Saracens versus Ospreys fixture, is  sold-out.