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Olowofela wary of Blues threat

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Leicester Tigers wing Jordan Olowofela says it is ‘class’ to get another opportunity to run out in green, white and red this weekend.

The 21-year-old returned from injury in the Gallagher Premiership win over Bristol Bears last week, playing a crucial role in Jonny May’s bonus-point score.

And the Tigers Academy graduate earns another start this Sunday (January 12, 3.15pm) for the European Challenge Cup clash with Cardiff Blues.

“Everybody got their roles right [against Bristol],” he said. “When we got to a place where we could take our chances, we got good pay out of it and got the points.”

Olowofela is once again joined in the back three by full-back Telusa Veainu, while on-loan Scotland international Rory Hughes makes his club debut on the opposite wing in place of England man May.

“They’re all exciting players, so to be a part of [the team] is class for me,” Olowofela added.

“Anything can happen when a player like Telusa gets his hands on the ball, and it’s great to play with him because he’s quality.

“He’s been really useful to me off the pitch, and I’m learning a lot from him.”

“Every game we play at the moment is massive.”

Jordan Olowofela

Cardiff, who can themselves call on Rugby World Cup top try scorer Josh Adams, will serve up a stern test this Sunday – though Olowofela picked out the similarities between the Blues and last week’s Bears.

He continued: “We know they like to play, like Bristol, so it’s about not switching off and being ready for what they bring.

“Every game we play at the moment is massive, but we’ve got a game plan and we want to stick to it; just like we did at Cardiff earlier in the season.”

A second start in as many weeks is made all the sweeter for Olowofela following his two-month injury lay-off.

“It was very frustrating, but it’s part of the game,” he said, when asked about his time on the side lines.

“The most important thing is keeping your mind focused – you’ve obviously got to sort yourself out with the injury, but also keeping your brain switched on in going to meetings and learning … you’re always learning.

“Getting the opportunity to play against Bristol was a good feeling, and it’s class to go again this weekend.

“We’re all looking forward to the challenge.”

Match tickets for Sunday’s match are now available from £26 for adults and £13 for Under-18s. Secure your place in person at the Tigers ticket office, on 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or online using the buttons below.