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Wells pumped to get back to ‘special’ Welford Road

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Converting opportunities in the next block of fixtures will be key if the Leicester Tigers squad are to climb the Gallagher Premiership table, according to Harry Wells.

The side face midlands rivals Wasps at Welford Road this Saturday (February 15, 3.00pm) before a home fixture with Worcester Warriors book-ended by tough trips to Sale Sharks and Saracens.

And the Leicester lock insists it is just a matter of time before the side ‘string together’ the impressive passages of play on display before a two-week break from games.

“I think converting our opportunities a little bit better would put us in good stead,” Wells said, when asked what must improve in the next four rounds of Premiership rugby.

“Probably our discipline – not giving away kickable penalties or opportunities field-position wise – because teams punish you.

“We’ve been putting together some great pieces of play but it’s just a case of stringing everything together and being a lot more consistent in our performance.

“Generating momentum now is going to pay dividends moving forward, and we want to carry on climbing the table as well as we can.”

The 26-year-old also explained how a fortnight without a match has been beneficial for the Tigers squad both on and off the field.

“We’ve been in, we’ve been training, we’ve been working hard trying to rectify a few errors that we’ve been making over the last few weeks,” he added.

“But we’ve also had a couple of days away from the club to have some more time with family, which is really good for your mind. I think that’s the biggest thing.

“And obviously you get a couple of weekends out, not having games. The extra time is nice but now we’re chomping at the bit to get going again.”

Geordan Murphy’s men will aim to do exactly that on Saturday in front of the biggest home crowd of the season so far.

Wells continued: “Welford Road is a really special place to play, regardless of what the crowd is like.

“At a sell-out the atmosphere is electric, and you can really hear the crowd before the game, and especially during the big passages of play when they start chanting.

“The crowd definitely have a big impact on the players, and there’s not many places like it to play rugby in the world.”

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