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Preview: Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs

Preview: Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs

An Exeter Chiefs side in full flow is a sight to behold but scrum-half Jono Kitto says Leicester Tigers are also a force to be reckoned with when everything comes together.

The Tigers’ three-game losing run came to an end with a fine win over London Irish last weekend and despite their recent troubles, home form remains imperious.

Leicester’s only defeat at Welford Road in Aviva Premiership Rugby since September 2014 came when Sale Sharks were the visitors in round 11.

They face a Chiefs team that has the second-best away form in the league and who are on a high after consecutive victories over London Irish and Bath Rugby.

But after Leicester got back to winning ways last time out, Kitto – who signed a new contract earlier this week – is more excited about what his own side can do.

“Exeter are a good side and play some great footy and so we need a good performance, we really focus a lot more on our own game,” he said.

“We know that if we get our own structures in place then there’s not many teams who can stick with us.

“The focus is to be confident in our systems and if we stick to them we don’t have to worry about what the other team will look like.”

Meanwhile, Julian Salvi is preparing for his first visit to Welford Road since leaving the East Midlands outfit for Exeter over the summer.

The flanker took part in the Chiefs’ 19-6 victory at Sandy Park in November, but he admits it will be a strange feeling lining up as an opposition player after four successful years at Leicester.

"The banter will have been flowing throughout the week and the fishing lines thrown out to try and get a bite," he said. "Then, on the pitch there might be a sneaky little word thrown in at the bottom of a ruck!

"It will be strange going into the away dressing room. I have been there twice with Bath and not won either game.

"I loved my time at Leicester and have some wonderful memories of the place and the people there so to be playing against them will be weird.

"I have had to get my head around it this week and look forward to getting on with it.

"I think it will okay once I have hit my first breakdown and made my first tackle. Then, it will be just like any other game of rugby."

Welford Road, 3pm

Referee: Matt Carley (40th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Andrew Jackson & Paul Dix. TMO: Graham Hughes.

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