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Match preview: Tigers v Gloucester

Leicester Tigers welcome Gloucester Rugby to Welford Road on Saturday with head coach Matt O’Connor saying there is room for improvement in all departments of the team.

After defeat by Bath on the opening day and then Northampton Saints last week, Tigers go into Round 3 still looking for a first league win of the season.

“We have to get a lot better,” said O’Connor. “We have to have better intent, execution and accuracy in all the things we are doing. We need to make sure we fix the things that let us down at Northampton and put in a performance we can hang our hat on.

“After losing their first game we knew Saints would come out hard at us but we didn’t execute early on in the game, we didn’t manage the areas that could have got us a foothold and put them under pressure in the first half. Now we have to deliver on the things that make us a good side.

“There are new people in the group and a few new combinations but there’s no excuse.

Tigers and a Gloucester have a relationship stretching back into the early years of the club’s existence, with more than 100 wins each in 218 previous encounters.

Recent history is in Tigers’ favour with just one defeat in the last nine meetings.

Team news is announced by both camps at noon on Friday, with Jonny May, Ed Slater, Owen Williams, Fraser Balmain and Henry Purdy all hoping to get the nod to face their former clubs.

Referee for Saturday is Craig Maxwell-Keys in his 37nd Premiership match in charge.

Kick-off is at 3.00pm and tickets are available now. Book in person at the Tigers ticket office or phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2)(open from 9.00am on matchday) or click here to book online at any time.

For a full matchday guide to what’s in store at Welford Road, click here.