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'Massive' run-in starts this weekend at Saints

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Richard Cockerill is looking forward to "three massive games" as Leicester Tigers seek to secure a place in the top four of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table.

Tigers are in third place with just three games remaining – away to Northampton Saints, away to Harlequins and then at home to Bath on May 5.

“I’m quite happy with where we are, especially after such a difficult start to the season,” said Tigers director of rugby Cockerill.

“But now we have three massive games left in the league.

“It’s a tough run-in. We go to two sides that have been for form sides of the season and Bath is a tough game as well. It is all to play for, they are all good sides.”

Tigers are the league’s top try-scorers and point-scorers, and have picked up bonus-point wins in each of the last four games. The LV= Cup winners are level on points (60) with second-placed Saracens, and six behind long-time leaders Harlequins. Northampton are just four points behind, closely followed by Exeter Chiefs in the race for semi-final places.

“We know that if we can get it right we can beat anybody,” says Cockerill. “But the rest of the challengers are all good sides too. It’s going to be a good battle.

“We just need to be accurate in what we do. When we do that we are a hard side to beat.”

Tigers return to action this Saturday in a sell-out derby against Saints at Franklin’s Gardens, then travel to Quins on April 21. Tickets for the Quins match are available from the Tigers ticket office now. Live TV coverage of both games will be shown on the big screen in The Final Whistle at Welford Road.