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LV= Cup Preview: Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints

Harry Thacker insists Leicester Tigers will be going all out to keep their LV= Cup bid burning bright against fierce rivals Northampton Saints on Saturday.

As it stands the Tigers are top of Pool 3 having won their opening two games against London Irish and Sale Sharks.

The Saints have been in top form themselves in the competition, having won both of their games so far to sit atop of Pool 2.

And Tigers hooker Thacker knows that a vocal Welford Road crowd could make the difference with Wasps breathing down their necks.

“The next game is a big one and it helps that we are at home, hopefully in front of a big crowd at Welford Road,” said Thacker.

“Whether it is A League, LV= Cup, academy – the rivalry is born and bred in the club. The Saints have got a very good crop coming through.

“We expect a bit of a brawl and a good game. It’s another chance for the younger lads to come out and give it their all.

“It is a great competition for us, especially as we are out of Europe. We have got two trophies to go for now and the LV= Cup is one of them.

“We know Wasps are a good side and they are just two points behind now, so it’s close. We have got two games to keep hold of that position.”

Northampton also have stiff competition if they are to make it into the knockout stages, with Cardiff Blues just a point behind in second place while Sale are also in contention in third place – three point adrift of the Saints.

And prop Ethan Waller admits Northampton will have to be at the very top of their game to get a result.
It doesn’t get much bigger than a derby against Leicester Tigers,” said Waller.

“There’s going to be a big atmosphere at Welford Road and it will be the first time some of the young lads have experienced an occasion like that.

“There’s absolutely no love lost between the two sides and the game on Saturday will be no different.

“They are obviously a great side and we’ll have to be on our game to beat them, but we’re confident. We’ve made a good start to the competition and we’re looking to carry that on.”

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