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Preview: Leicester Tigers v Bath Rugby

Preview: Leicester Tigers v Bath Rugby

Argentina winger Horacio Agulla readily admits his first Bath Rugby start is long overdue – and as fate would have it he’s set to make it against former club Leicester Tigers in front of the ESPN cameras on Saturday.

Agulla, 28, has played just 22 minutes for Bath this season, coming off the bench against London Welsh in early November in between his international commitments at the Rugby Championship and the autumn internationals.

That came hot on the heels of his second season with the Tigers where he was one of the outstanding performers in Leicester’s late march to the Aviva Premiership final.

Now that the autumn internationals are over, Agulla is finally ready to make his mark with Bath – and where better to do so than back at Welford Road.

“It would be great to get my first start against Leicester and at Welford Road,” said Agulla, who watched Bath’s victory over defending champions Harlequins, having been released from the Argentina squad to face Ireland due to concussion.

“I had fantastic time there and left on very good terms so I'm looking forward to going back and seeing some of my old teammates.

“I haven’t spoken to any of them yet, I’ve got one or two messages, but I’m sure I’ll speak to them afterwards.

"Bath is a great club with a great history and I was very pleased to come here and I want to perform straight away because it feels like I'm just getting going.”

Bath’s victory over Quins erased memories of their disappointing defeat to London Welsh previously and ensured they are just three points outside of the top four.

Leicester, meanwhile, came unstuck at London Wasps as ex-Tiger Tom Varndell did the damage with the only try of the match in a 14-12 defeat.

And Australian flanker Julian Salvi – who is another playing against his former club, is desperate to see the Tigers get back to winning ways.

“I am very much looking forward to it, having played for Bath it is one to look out for. I know what it means to both sets of players to win this game, but I am a Tiger now,” he said.

“I had a great time at Bath and played with a whole bunch of guys that are still there now such as Nick Abendanon, Stuart Hooper and Matt Banahan and I have fond memories of my time there.

“We didn’t start the season (09/10) very well but ended up winning ten on the trot and making the semi-finals.

“Going through that rollercoaster year and being involved with those guys does give me fond memories. “It was the first time I got experience of the Heineken Cup and Aviva Premiership and I enjoyed it.

“You never know what team is going to turn up but when team’s play Tigers it seems to be the case that it is their cup final.

“Most team’s coming to Welford Road come to try and put us off our game because they know Tigers’ history and what is better for them than to try and come here and knock us over. Most teams say they want to beat Tigers so it is never easy.” 

Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (56th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Nigel Carrick, Alan Hughes. TMO: Trevor Fisher
(Welford Road, 12.30pm)
Live on ESPN HD

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