Leicester Tigers centre Seremaia Bai admits he is breathing a sigh of relief with every point his side add to their Aviva Premiership Rugby tally as the season reaches its climax.
The Fijian flyer played a key role at Welford Road as the Tigers saw off Exeter Chiefs 25-18 in front of 24,000 supporters last weekend, to leapfrog the West-Country outfit into fourth in the table.
But with the teams at the top of the Aviva Premiership Rugby so tightly packed together, every point will be vital after this weekend’s European break in the hunt for a place in the semi-finals.
And Bai is counting down the days until Leicester get back on the pitch, where he believes intense preparation will give them the edge in their final few encounters of the season.
“I think we did well at times against Exeter, but we were a little disappointed to miss out on the bonus point there to be honest,” he said.
“We’ll always take the win though, and Exeter is not an easy side to get that against by any means. They are deservedly pretty high up the table so it was a good four points for us.
“It is a relief every time we get a win at this point in the season. It is so close at the top of the table and with four games left it is very important to keep getting points whenever we can.
“It’s all about our preparation at this stage – we still have to keep our intensity up and make sure we are a prepared as we can be, and then seeing what happens on the game day.
“There’s no game this weekend of course so the boys can enjoy a bit of holiday time – it’s nice for me as I get to spend a bit more time with my kids with it being the school holidays.
“It’s always good to get some downtime away from rugby and do something a little different, but we will be ready to go when we come back again.”
Meanwhile prop Marcos Ayerza insists the Tigers are not afraid of having to do things the hard way, with several tough fixtures on the horizon for his side.
In their final four games Leicester still have to travel to Allianz Park to face second-place Saracens, and then the Ricoh Arena where Wasps have found such scintillating form since their move – winning four of five league games at the venue.
And a final-day clash with table-topping Northampton Saints could decide their fate in the top four, but Ayerza is adamant his team-mates will thrive under the pressure.
He said: “It’s amazing how competitive the Aviva Premiership Rugby is this season, everything is so close and that can only be good for English rugby on the whole.
“But the Tigers want to be in this position and finish very strongly. It is always good to be competing against the teams up there with you in the league trying to get the top spots.
“As a team we are growing in confidence, and hoping to keep our momentum going so we can peak at the key time of the year.
“We want to be the best players, we want to play in the Aviva Premiership Rugby final, and we want to be Champions.
“So to do that we have to beat the best sides around, and that is what we will have to do in our final four games.”
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