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Dom Barrow claims crunch time approaching for Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers are through to the quarter-finals in Europe and going well in Aviva Premiership Rugby but Dom Barrow claims the next few weeks are make-or-break for his side.

Tigers topped Pool four of the European Rugby Champions Cup with five wins from six, their only blip a 36-21 loss to Stade Francais, who they will face again in the quarter-finals.

That last-eight clash will take place at Welford Road in April although Leicester have plenty of Aviva Premiership Rugby action to keep them occupied in the meantime – starting with a trip to face Gloucester Rugby this weekend.

They currently sit fourth in the table and a string of positive results in the next few weeks could set them up very nicely for the final few games of the campaign.

And lock Barrow insists that while the European quarter-final is something to target, Tigers won’t be neglecting their domestic duties.

“We’re definitely happy to make it through to the Champions Cup quarter-finals and we’ll look forward to that but it is back to the league now, which has to be our main focus,” said Barrow.

“The next run of games while the Six Nations is on is crucial and we’ve got to be picking up points ahead of the run-in.

“Europe is exciting but this is our bread and butter and we’re desperate to do well in the league, so this is our focus and these next few games are vital.

“We’re relatively happy with how it has gone in the Premiership so far. We’ve put ourselves in a good position in the top four but there is a lot of rugby still to be played.

“We’re growing and developing as a team every week and there is so much potential in this squad if we can bring it all together.”

Barrow joined Tigers from Newcastle Falcons over the summer and has made ten appearances in all competitions for his new side – four of those coming in Aviva Premiership Rugby.

The 22-year-old is beginning to feel at home at Welford Road and insists he can already see the strides he is making in his own game from being at the club.

“On a personal level, it’s going really well for me since my move to Leicester last summer,” added Barrow.

“I’ve played something like ten games now and I’m playing reasonably well I think. It has been a real learning curve but I’m improving every week in training and on the pitch.

“I’m a very ambitious person so I’ve got personal goals and ambitions that I want to achieve moving forward and I think Leicester is the place to do that.”

 

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