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Preview: Tigers versus Warriors

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Leicester Tigers welcome Worcester Warriors to Welford Road this Saturday in the final Aviva Premiership fixture before both teams turn their attention to Europe next weekend.

Tigers go into the Round 6 clash with three wins so far, while Warriors won for the first time against Newcastle Falcons last weekend after two draws in their opening four games.
Former Tigers duo Sam Vesty and Mefin Davies return to Leicester as part of the Warriors coaching team looking to build on that first win while the camp also includes former Tigers fly-half Ryan Lamb and academy graduate Perry Humphreys.
Tigers first met Worcester back in 1895 but this is only the 14th meeting between the teams at Welford Road.
Worcester were the visitors in the last home game of last season, when a 31-17 victory booked a place in the knockout stages for Tigers for a 12th successive year. Vereniki Goneva and Leonardo Ghiraldini were among the players who ran out for a final time at Tigers on that afternoon in April, while young flanker Will Evans scored his first Aviva Premiership try for the club. Click here for the matchday details from Round 22.
Looking ahead to Saturday’s game, Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: “Worcester are a good side and we need to be sharper than we were last weekend. We know Sam and Mefin very well and Warriors play a god brand of rugby.
“We’ve been inconsistent and we need to shake that off. The supporters are huge for us at Welford Road and we need to give them something to get them on their feet and get right behind us, as they did in the win against Bath.”
Team news was announced on Friday lunchtime with Tigers confirming the return of Dom Barrow and Graham Kitchener to the starting line-up and prop Ellis Genge starting a game at Welford Road for the first time. Warriors include former Leicester fly-half Ryan Lamb who recently joined the list of players with 1,000 Premiership points to their name and Tigers academy graduate Perry Humphreys. Click here for all the team news from both camps.

Referee on Saturday is Tim Wigglesworth, in charge of an Aviva Premiership fixture for a  107th time.
Saturday’s game is not listed for any live TV coverage. Highlights will be shown by BT Sport and ITV.
For all the information on a day out at Welford Road, click here for our matchday guide.
Match tickets are still available. Book in person at Welford Road, phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or click here.