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Preview: Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors

Preview: Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors

Worcester winger Josh Drauniniu insists that Welford Road holds no fear for his team as they look to kick-start their Aviva Premiership campaign against the Tigers on Saturday.

Drauniniu and co. suffered a heartbreaking 24-23 defeat to Bath at Sixways in the season’s curtain raiser while Leicester made light work of the new boys London Welsh.

And on paper Saturday looks a very tough ask for the Warriors as Richard Cockerill’s troops have an outstanding record at home, winning their last 12 games in all competitions.

On top of that, Worcester’s last victory on their travels in the Premiership since 2009 came at London Wasps on New Year's Day 2012. 

But with that record in mind Drauniniu insists that the pressure is off him and his team-mates who will head to Welford Road looking to upset the form guide. 

“Last week was not really the start we had hoped for but we took a lot of lessons from it,” he said. 

“We were on top and we gave away too many penalties but we have been training well this week and we have got around our errors. 

“Leicester are one of or the best team in the league and it is always a great challenge for a team. 
Welford Road is a fortress and it is always very hard for teams to win but we will have a good go at it. 

“For me the weekend is a challenge because I love playing in front of big crowds and the rest of the team feel the same way. It is just another game and it is arguably more important for them.” 

Worcester have never tasted victory at Welford Road and including the end of last season have now lost five successive games in the Aviva Premiership.

But despite their disappointing record Leicester hooker Tom Youngs insists that he will not be underestimating the Warriors when they come to town. 

“Worcester are a good side, they’re big and they carry the ball well. It’s going to be a real battle and a tough old game, that’s for sure,” he said. 

“Last year they just wanted to stay up really, but this year their focus will be on maybe getting into Europe.

“They’ll come back from their result at the weekend, they were only narrowly beaten. They won’t be too disheartened – they’ve not been smashed by 40 points. 

“They’ll be well-drilled, they’ll come out and give us a real game.”

Referee: Andrew Small (73rd Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Gareth Copsey, Matthew Carley.

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