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We're focused on the new season, says Crane

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With the focus firmly on the opening game of the Aviva Premiership campaign Jordan Crane says the Leicester Tigers players will be glad to see the back of pre-season.

Tigers warmed up for the visit of Newcastle Falcons to Welford Road on Saturday (3pm) with a hard-earned win over Cardiff Blues in their last fixture of the summer.
And back-rower Crane said: “I think everyone will be glad that pre-season is over because now you are playing for real. Everyone is ready to go for the shirt.
“As much as pre-season is good to get everyone ready, to get the new guys in and playing, to start building partnerships and some continuity in the team, now it’s for real.”
Tigers scored tries through Robert Barbieri and Ben Youngs, with Freddie Burns kicking the rest of the points, to record a 21-17 win against Cardiff.
It was Tigers’ second of pre-season following the win at Edinburgh and Crane says it’s good to develop a winning habit.
“It was good to get the win,” he said. “A winning habit is a good thing to have.
“We have won the last two games, two good tough games to get us ready for Saturday.”
Tigers against Newcastle Falcons at Welford Road is a 3pm kick-off on Saturday. This match is not scheduled for live television coverage so the only place to see all of the action is at Welford Road.

Match tickets are available now. Visit the Tigers ticket office, phone 0844 856 1880 (open 8.30am-5pm weekdays, until 8pm Wednesdays and 9am-5pm Saturdays) or book online by clicking here. Matchday hospitality places are also still available. Phone the corporate sales team on 0116 2171 215 or click here to book.

Make it a full day with the Tigers by visiting Tigers In The Park from 10am, with attractions and entertainment for the whole family. Entry is free and there is live music, BMX exhibition, the Caterpillar mini excavator challenge, mini farm, birds of prey display and lots more, all at Nelson Mandela Park and on the plaza at Welford Road. Click here for more details.