Leicester Tigers lock Sebastian De Chaves is relishing his side’s crucial LV= Cup pool clash at Cardiff Blues on Saturday, with both sides targeting a win that could secure a home semi-final.
Last weekend saw both sides do each other a favour as Tigers beat Northampton Saints to leave Cardiff four points clear of Jim Mallinder’s team after their incredible 45-42 win at Wasps – a result that gave Leicester a four-point cushion over the Coventry side.
Both sides boast 100 per cent records in this year’s tournament and something has to give at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park this weekend, where the victors could secure home advantage in the knock-out stages, though the losers could still qualify as well.
And De Chaves is aware of the challenge of playing against the Blues as Tigers look to secure some silverware at the earliest opportunity.
“We’ve got to go to Cardiff Blues and play even better than we have been,” he said. “We want to get a result.
“We’re know we’re in for a tough game. Yes, we’re almost through, but our new challenge is to secure a home semi-final and then we’re in a really strong position.
“Cardiff have come off the back of a great game at Wasps. Clearly they’re looking to throw the ball around and score tries. But we’ll stick to our game plan, our running style.
“It’s massive for the whole club, particularly so for the younger players, who haven’t had much time on the pitch, but will get to say they have contributed to bringing some silverware back to the club.
“And it would get us back into winning ways after last season, which is a very important thing for the club as a whole.”
Cardiff have their tails up after a sensational victory at the Ricoh Arena, and skills coach Lee Jarvis is delighted with the way his young players have risen to the challenge in this year’s LV= Cup.
“It's all to play for and should be a fantastic occasion," he said. "The players have trained hard once again this week in preparation and we're proud, as a coaching team, of that work and the way the squad has developed throughout the LV= Cup campaign.
"The support we've received in the opening three pool games has been outstanding and nothing would please us more than to book a place in the last four for our fantastic fans.
"I know our young players will relish playing in front of a big crowd so it would be fantastic to see a big crowd in."
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