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Mindset vital to win at Saracens, says Nephi

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Leicester Tigers front-rower Nephi Leatigaga says a trip to reigning Gallagher Premiership champions Saracens will be another test of the squad’s mindset.

Saturday’s (March 7, 1.00pm) clash at Allianz Park comes after Tigers’ hard-fought win over Worcester Warriors in Round 12 and, while the side are unbeaten at Welford Road in 2020, they have not picked up a league win on the road since last April.

“We’ll take any win – even a close win like that – especially at home,” Leatigaga said, summing up last weekend’s game.

“The conditions made it tough, but the result matters the most in a game like that. As long as we keep improving week on week, that’s the main thing.

“It’s really important to get our victories at home, and it helps us for the next week ahead of us.”

The Samoa international – who has packed down at both loosehead and tighthead prop this season – told LeicesterTigers.com the secret to success away from home starts in the head.

“Away games are always about your mindset,” he continued. “If we play how we know we can play and take our game to them, it should be a good fight.

“We know they’ve got some big players – the same as us. We need to make sure we match them up front.”

And while some commentators may have highlighted the teams’ position at the foot of the Premiership table, Leatigaga insisted the ‘Saracens scandal’ has not been discussed in the lead up to this weekend’s game.

He added: “We’re not really fussed about all of that stuff. We’re not thinking about it.

“They’re just another team, another week and another game, and we’re going there for a good battle.”