Harry Wells is pleased to be back playing ahead of the Gallagher Premiership semi-finals getting underway this weekend.
The Leicester Tigers lock made his long-awaited return from injury in Round 24, on Saturday afternoon, against Harlequins at Mattioli Woods Welford Road.
Speaking about Saturday’s game, which Harlequins won 17-20, he said: “It was great to be back on the field with the lads.”
“Obviously disappointed that we didn’t get a win but was proud of the way we stayed in the battle a player down for most of the match and never gave up.”
A sell-out crowd watched the final home game of the season in Round 24, which Wells said was no surprise to he and his teammates given the support they continue to receive from Tigers fans.
“The atmosphere was incredible, which it always is at Mattioli Woods Welford Road,” he said.
“We have the best supporters in the competition, no question, and they showed why again last weekend.
“They’re always there for us, whether we are playing at home or on the road and I am certain that will the case on Sunday in Sale.”
Looking ahead to the away semi-final, the second-rower admitted it would be a big challenge up against a Sharks side who have led the way in this season’s competition.
“The Sharks are a very good team, everybody has seen that all season with the way they have led from the very first week,” said Wells.
“They’re a team with everything; huge pack, smart and creative playmakers and dangerous outside backs.
“There are no easy games in this league and that is especially the case against Sale at their ground.”
On the semi-finals, he added: “Knockout rugby is exciting and the part of the season you aim to be a part of all through the year.”
“We are pleased to be here and really had to earn our spot in the semi-finals.
“I think most people thought we were no chance and that is up to them. All we have done is do what we can do every day, work hard and find ways to get better and prepare well every week to try and get a win.
“That’s what we will do this week ahead of going to Sale on Sunday.”