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Potter buoyed by semi-final buzz

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Harry Potter is looking forward to getting the semi-finals underway.

The Leicester Tigers back admits it’s “exciting” to have the knockout “buzz” at Oval Park ahead of the side’s trip north to take on Sale Sharks on Sunday afternoon.

“You want to be a part of the big games, the finals and we have that chance again this season,” said Potter when asked about any added atmosphere in Leicester this week.

“It is definitely exciting, you certainly know it’s a semi-final week and there is that added buzz about for the game ahead.

Having not won in Sale for more than five years, Potter is more than aware of the fact Sunday will be a big challenge against the Sharks.

But, as is the case within the Tigers ranks each week, the outside back says the focus remains on what is ahead and not that which has come before.

“We haven’t got the best record up there in Sale, that’s there for everyone to see,” he said.

“They are a really good side wherever they play but obviously got a pretty impressive record at home this season.

“What has happened before has happened and we aren’t going to be thinking about previous games against them, we just prepare for the one ahead of us.”

Potter is part of one of the toughest selection headaches for Head Coach Richard Wigglesworth ahead of the trip to Sale.

The 25-year-old has made 25 appearances so far this season and, weekly, goes up against the likes of Chris Ashton, Mike Brown, Phil Cokanasiga, Kini Murimurivalu, Guy Porter, Hosea Saumaki, Matt Scott, Harry Simmons, Freddie Steward and Anthony Watson for a place in the outside backs on matchday.

However, while never guaranteed a place, is enjoy the competition within the Leicester ranks.

“The competition for places in the side is great for us and certainly pushes you to be the best you can be every day,” said Potter.

“We are very much about our whole squad contributing to the next performance; every single player is working hard at training to get the most out of every session and one another, then there is the guys who go out and represent the group on the weekend.

“It takes a squad-effort to get prepared properly and we will be working towards that again this week.”