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Preview: Wasps versus Tigers this Saturday

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Leicester Tigers make the short trip to Coventry on Saturday to face a Wasps side who boast the best run of current form the Aviva Premiership.

A bonus-point win over second-placed Exeter Chiefs at Welford Road last weekend took Tigers back into the top three in the table.
Although Wasps who lost narrowly at Gloucester in Round 15 last week, they have picked up 23 points from a possible 30 in their last six league games and have not lost at the Ricoh Arena in 2016.
Tigers have secured successive bonus-point wins – against London Irish and the Chiefs – for the first time since the end of the 2013/14 season and travel in search of a first away win since pipping Gloucester by a single point at Kingsholm at the end of January.
Leicester have won the last four encounters with Wasps since a defeat at their previous Adams Park home in the Aviva Premiership in October 2013. They also won on their first visit to the Ricoh in Round 21 of last season when tries were shared by Adam Thompstone, Vereniki Goneva and Niall Morris. Click here for a match report from that day.
Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: “Wasps are going well and Dai Young has added some good experience to their team with the likes of George Smith. They’ve had some hard times over the years but they’ve come through them and they’re right in that mix for places in the top four.
“They’ve got a powerful backline, Nathan Hughes has been outstanding in the pack and their front rows have been going well too. We aim to go there with the best team we can, play with a positive attitude and cut out some of the errors.
“It’s a tough run for us with Exeter, Wasps and Saracens but we’ve scored 11 tries in our last two games, we’ve had two good bonus-point wins and we’re just aiming to pick up as many points as we can with seven games to go.
“It is very tight in the table and a lot of teams there are still to play each other.”
Tigers welcomed Owen Williams back from injury in the win over Exeter Chiefs, with Mike Williams also getting more gametime after recovering from a broken arm.
Both clubs have players away on international duty, with Manu Tuilagi joining clubmates Ben Youngs and Dan Cole in the England squad for their match against Wales. Wasps have James Haskell, Joe Launchbury and Elliot Daly with England, and lock Brad Davies is with Wales.
Team news from both camps is announced at noon on Friday.
The team will be in the club’s home kit at the Ricoh Arena.

Match tickets for Saturday are still available from the home club.
Tigers return to home ground next Sunday, when defending league champions Saracens are the visitors. Kick-off on March 20 is at 3.15pm and tickets are available now from the Tigers ticket office. Call in at Welford Road to reserve your place, phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or click here to book online.