Fixtures - Top Bar

Harrison impressed by Leicester Tigers defence

Leicester Tigers’ lack of tries has been well-documented this season but scrum-half Sam Harrison believes it is their miserly defence that deserves to be the subject of attention.

Tigers have only scored 25 Aviva Premiership Rugby tries this term, second-fewest in the league and just four more than winless London Welsh.

However, their defence has been a paragon of stinginess with opponents crossing the Leicester whitewash a mere 31 times in 17 games – no other side conceding fewer tries.

That record will be put to the test by a rampant Exeter Chiefs in the LV= Cup semi-final on Sunday – Exeter’s supremely-talented backline capable of causing any team problems.

The Tigers will take a 100 per cent LV= Cup record into that match though, having notched four wins from four, and Harrison insists the competition has been the making of the squad.

“Going into the LV= Cup you never really know how you are going to do because it is always a new team and maybe there are a few lads from the academy,” he said.

“There is always a bit of uncertainty but we have gone from strength to strength, so hopefully we can put the icing on the cake.

“It is probably our defence that has got us to this point, really. In past year we have been good in attack but let ourselves down in defence.

“A lot of the lads have been working very hard – I think we have just put an extra emphasis on it.

“It’s very hard to win games if your defence isn’t good. It’s just a case of lads being willing to put their bodies on the line.”

If Leicester can overcome the Chiefs at Welford Road, they will face either Saracens or Northampton Saints in the LV= Cup final at Franklin’s Gardens next Sunday.

Potentially facing their fierce rivals Northampton on their home turf in the showpiece could be seen as a huge disadvantage but Harrison is adamant it is a clash he would relish.

“There is no better place to play than at home for a semi-final – that’s what the LV= Cup period is all about,” added the 24-year-old.

“If we do win, the final will be a Franklin’s Gardens, possibly against Saints – and there is no better game to win than that.

“I don’t really have a preference who we play, as long as we win – that’s all we are really focused on – but there is that extra bit of excitement if it’s against Northampton.”

Tickets to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final are selling faster than this time last year so with just five rounds to go, now's the time to click here to book your place at the world's biggest club rugby final.
 

Latest News

Warriors sign Ireland scrum-half Stringer

Warriors have signed Ireland international Peter Stringer on a six-month deal ahead of the 2017/18 season. The scrum-half will join…

Peter Stringer

Tim Streather forced to retire from rugby

Former Saracens centre Tim Streather has been forced to retire from the game due to a knee injury. Commenting on…

Tim Streather

Contract and captaincy for Dylan Hartley at Northampton Saints

Northampton Saints has today announced that Dylan Hartley has both signed a new contract and been appointed as the club’s…

Dylan Hartley

Forwards Coach George Skivington says London Irish squad are chomping at the bit

The London Irish squad have returned for pre-season training ‘hungrier’ than ever before according to Forwards Coach George Skivington. Now…

George Skivington

Wasps Academy sign Gabriel Oghre and George Thornton

Wasps announce the signing of hooker Gabriel Oghre and prop George Thornton to the Senior Academy ahead of the new…

Gabriel Oghre and George Thornton

Singha 7s gives next generation the chance to shine

Harlequins academy coach Jim Evans believes that next week’s Singha Premiership Rugby 7s will give the league’s stars of the…

Harlequins in action at the Singha 7s

Singha Premiership Rugby 7s draw confirmed

The 2017-18 Premiership Rugby season will kick off – at the end of July - in spectacular style with the Singha…

Win an Executive Box for the Singha Premiership Rugby Sevens Series

Premiership Rugby has teamed up with Northampton Saints to offer supporters the chance to win themselves an Executive Box at…

Singha 7s Ball

Dave Attwood and team-mates happy to lend a hand at Bath Rugby Foundation’s Summer Scrum

Bath Rugby lock Dave Attwood admitted helping teach rugby to children with disabilities was extremely humbling as he and his…

Gordon Reid on his first training day with London Irish

New recruit Gordon Reid is determined to be a permanent fixture in London Irish’s front row having made the switch…

Gordon Reid

Singha 7s is a chance for players to shine, says Stephen Myler

Northampton Saints’ Stephen Myler is anticipating a vibrant atmosphere and high-octane rugby when the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s arrives at…

Stephen Myler

Mark Wilson bringing his England form back to Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle Falcons’ latest England international checked back in at his club on Monday, with Mark Wilson enthusiastic about their prospects…

Mark Wilson

Worcester Warrior Chris Pennell pays tribute to community heroes

Chris Pennell paid tribute to Worcester Warriors’ grassroots spirit as he got his hands on his Aviva Community Player of…

Sale Sharks volunteer sees hard work rewarded at Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards

Sale Sharks’ Paula Bradbury couldn’t hide her delight as she was crowned Community Volunteer of the Year at the Premiership…

New Premiership Rugby A League launched

Northampton Wanderers will start the defence of their Premiership Rugby A League title with a trip to Sale Jets in…

Northampton Wanderers

Josh Matavesi loving life as a Newcastle Falcon

Josh Matavesi believes he has found the perfect home at Newcastle Falcons, with the former Osprey tailor-made for the ambitious…

Josh Matavesi

Mini and junior rugby players set to share stage with stars at London Double Header

The hallowed Twickenham turf will host the great and the good of Aviva Premiership Rugby during this year’s London Double…

Tag Rugby

Worcester Cavaliers to play ten games in new-look A League

Worcester Cavaliers will play ten matches in a brand-new format for the 2017/18 Premiership Rugby A League campaign. Instead of…

Alex Hearle

Sale Sharks first team stars announced as disability ambassadors

Sale Sharks' first team stars Halani Aulika and George Nott have been confirmed as disability ambassadors for this season for…

Halani Aulika