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Preview: Leicester Tigers v Bath Rugby

Leicester Tigers lost twice at the Rec last term, but Mathew Tait has warned Bath Rugby to expect a different animal on Sunday.

The Tigers lost 45-0 in September 2014’s Aviva Premiership Rugby clash and succumbed 47-10 in May’s semi-final.

Four rounds into the new season though and it’s Leicester who sit above Bath in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table.

And Tait expects a greater show of resilience at Welford Road this weekend.

“We know Bath from the back-end of last year, so we are very aware it's going to be a huge challenge for us,” he said.

“It's just about knowing the detail around everything we're going to do going into the weekend, and being able to make the right decisions during the game that are going to stand us in the best possible shape to get the win.

“I wouldn't say it was all about revenge, but our pride was certainly dented on both trips down there last season and we can use that for motivation. But as a group it is all about making the right decisions.

“This is a completely different side now with a lot of new players, so we're set up differently now to the back-end of last year.

“We'll approach the game in exactly the same way as anyone else and give them the respect they deserve.”

Bath certainly hold the hex over Leicester in recent times, having lost just one of their last seven meetings in all competitions.

However, Welford Road has been something of a fortress of late with Leicester having rattled off nine Aviva Premiership Rugby wins in a row on home turf.

And Bath prop Henry Thomas knows his team are in for a tough time.

“You never get an easy trip to Leicester,” he said.

“They have had a cracking start to the Premiership season and the pressure is on again to perform.

“We went there last year and didn’t get the result we wanted so we know how difficult it is.

“They have had a bit of a different focus this year and they have scored some more tries. Aaron Mauger has done a good job and changed the approach slightly.

“But they will still be as strong as ever up front and it is up to us to go there and compete. You need to play against that crowd as well.”

Welford Road, 3pm – Live on BT Sport

Referee: JP Doyle (98th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Wayne Falla & Paul Dix. TMO: David Grashoff.

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