Harry Potter credits the Leicester Tigers crowd with providing important preparation for the experience of a Gallagher Premiership Final at Twickenham.
Tigers wing Potter is set to run out in the season’s biggest occasion on Saturday, 18 months after making his debut during the Covid lockdown phase but now with the benefits gained from playing in front of big home crowds.
“Playing at Mattioli Woods Welford Road is a great thing for us all to carry into this game,” says the 24-year-old.
“You get to play in front of the biggest and best crowd in the competition, and we’ve also been fortunate to play in big games in European competitions which has been brilliant for that. We had performances in hostile environments in Bordeaux and Clermont, there was Leinster at home and Northampton in the Premiership semi-final last weekend, you take things from those big games when the nerves hit you more, and you have to attack that head on.
“I heard from plenty of fans that it was pretty tense in the stands last week and it was the same on the pitch. It is the best atmosphere we’ve had at Mattioli Woods Welford Road this year and great to have it that way.
“It was a tough game but it’s good to get on the right side of the result in the end and now it’s very exciting to be going to the Final.
“The Premiership Final is such a spectacle with all the passionate fans there – it is the epitome of finals rugby.”
Potter has scored seven tries in 21 Premiership appearances this season and says the team’s progress is a reflection on every member of the squad.
“We’ve used so many players in so many different games and played so many different ways, there is no complacency in your position in the team,” he said.
“Of course it’s nice to be picked in the big games but I do feel every week you have genuinely got to earn your place in that team and work incredibly hard to keep your place in the team."
See the teams for Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership Final HERE.