Leicester Tigers full-back Telusa Veainu has shared his excitement at returning to Welford Road for a ‘big occasion’ this Saturday (February 15, 3.00pm).
Players and supporters alike have gone six weeks since the last Gallagher Premiership game at the home of the Tigers – the bonus-point win over Bristol Bears in the New Year – and the Tonga international says he can’t wait to get back in front of the Tigers faithful.
“For us, every game is important,” Veainu said. “We’re not happy with where we’re at in the table, regardless of what’s happened [with Saracens].
“Obviously it was a bad loss at Bath, and it was a game that we thought we deserved to win, but we didn’t execute. If you don’t execute, you don’t get the result; and that was another harsh lesson for us to learn.
“But this weekend, getting back home … I can’t wait. I’m really looking forward to it.”
And while both teams may be forced to tweak their approach to this Round 10 match as Storm Dennis rolls into town, the quick-footed full-back explained how Tigers must be alert to both running and kicking threats.
“The conditions are always going to affect how you play a game of footy,” he continued. “It’s alright when it rains a little bit, but when there’s wind added into that … you saw what happened to Scotland versus England.
“Both teams will have to adapt to that. For us, we’ve got to be on the money – Kibirige and Watson on the wings, Sopoaga and Fekitoa – there are some big names that we’re going to have to look after.
“This week we’ve prepared to be ready for those situations. It’s going to be a big occasion for both teams.”
Saturday’s derby clash is set to see Welford Road’s biggest crowd of the season so far, though a limited number of tickets are still available. Use the links below to secure your place.