Leicester Tigers winger Tom Brady believes the side’s Anglo-Welsh Cup exploits have brought a buzz back to the city, as they prepare to take on Exeter Chiefs in Sunday’s showpiece final.
The Midlands club has enjoyed a trophy-laden history, winning the Aviva Premiership Rugby title a record ten times, as well as claiming Anglo-Welsh Cup glory on seven occasions.
But Leicester’s last trophy came all the way back in 2013, and Brady admits he can feel the energy all over town with the side on the cusp of silverware once again.
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They take on the Chiefs at Twickenham Stoop, with Brady anticipating the expectant Tigers fans to make themselves heard.
He said: “Exeter are a big team with a lot of strong players and explosive ball carriers. They do very well on their set piece and of course that’s something we have taken note of.
“But if we play like we did at Saracens we should be in good shape. We didn’t worry about what Saracens were going to throw at us, we focused on ourselves and did well.
“So it needs to be more of the same from us this week; if we can get our stuff right we should win the game.
“I’d imagine a lot of Tigers fans will make the trip down. Some of them have even been down to watch training so there’s a lot of excitement about it – all my friends and family are asking for as many tickets as I can get my hands on!
“There’s a real buzz around in the city at the moment. Leicester City are doing well again in the football and we’ve got to the final – everyone’s talking about sport and looking forward to supporting us this weekend.
“The energy is really cool, and this is a perfect chance to put everything else that’s happened this season behind us. We’re buzzing for it.”
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Leicester broke their Allianz Park hoodoo last weekend to reach the Anglo-Welsh Cup final, recording a convincing 32-10 victory to win at the venue for the first time ever.
And Brady insists that if they produce the goods again on Sunday, there will be only one result.
“It was the nature of the win that was really encouraging; we didn’t just scrape ourselves through but we played really well,” he said.
“To play well at Saracens is always a big ask as they always play consistently well, and we’re delighted to find ourselves in the final.
“Comparatively we had a lot more experience in our team, but there were a lot of people on the pitch who haven’t played a lot of rugby this season.
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“So we had players that needed the game time, as well as players needing the experience, so it was a good mix and hopefully we can finish the job this weekend.
“We’ve picked up some good form in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, and off the back of that we’ve played better in the Aviva Premiership as well.
“The team is playing well, it’s a good fit squad too which has helped competition for places, and everyone has put their hands up in this Anglo-Welsh campaign.”
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