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Physical battle will be key, says Kerr

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Leicester Tigers must get back ‘on script’ this weekend, according to hooker Jake Kerr.

The 23-year-old came off the bench in the defeat at Worcester Warriors in Round 1 of the Gallagher Premiership last time out, and explained how the slow pace of the game meant the side struggled to pull the trigger on an exciting Tigers attack honed in Cup action.

“That wasn’t the game we wanted to start with,” he said. “It wasn’t how we played in the Premiership Rugby Cup, and wasn’t what we were looking for. We just didn’t turn up on the day.

“We want to keep doing what we were doing in pre-season and not go off script.

“The whole game lacked a bit of tempo. A lot of injuries, a lot of time off and a lot of slow ball … so I think it’s just a case of us going to the line, taking it, and trying to force that speed ourselves.”

But with a strong scrum, and a lineout maul that set up Leicester’s first league try of the season, Kerr was able to pick out some positives from the performance at Sixways.

He continued: “I think we were pretty strong [in the set-piece], and the lineout has been pretty good, pretty solid.

“I thought Calum Green went really well, and Boris Stankovich is back from his time with Canada now, so there are a lot of learnings in the scrum.”

Tigers return to home territory this Sunday (October 27, 3.00pm), and host league champions Saracens in Round 2 of the new campaign.

The Edinburgh-born front-rower explained that matching the Londoners up front will be key to putting in an improved performance in front of the Tigers Family.

“It’s a massive game,” he said. “They’re the benchmark and the best club of the last couple of years, so we’re wanting to just go out there and play the game that we’re supposed to play, and hopefully we’ll meet them up front.

“They just all stick to their system, don’t they? They just keep on going. They’re not a team that will die at any point, and we’ve got to match that physical battle.

“I think it’s more [about] our approach and being a different team than we were last year, moving forward and sticking to our systems that we train every week.

“For us as a team, it’s a bit more important for us to play how we’re meant to play and actually all turn up on the day.”

With match tickets now starting from £27 for adults and £14 for Under-18s, you can secure your place for this weekend’s return to Welford Road online, over the phone on 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or in person at the ground.

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