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Preview: Saracens v Leicester Tigers

Preview: Saracens v Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tiger Mathew Tait admits that the tries have not been quite so forthcoming this season but ahead of a trip to Saracens the full-back insists there is no lack of cutting edge.

The race for a spot in the top four is getting tighter and tighter with one of Saracens, Leicester Tigers, Bath Rugby and Exeter Chiefs set to miss out.

The Tigers are toughing it out this season, they have run in only 26 tries which is the 11th lowest total in the league, but are on a winning run of five in the league.

Saracens are also in form, they have won their last six fixtures in all tournaments since a 10-14 reversal at Sale in Aviva Premiership Rugby on 21st February and Tait admits his side are ready for battle.

“Saracens have had a great result last weekend so they will be buzzing,” he said.

“They are a very well drilled side, they pride themselves on their Wolf Pack, there’s a very good culture within the team and some quality players throughout, we will have to be ready.

“It is just about the results at this point of the season, we take each game as it comes.

“As a team we would like to have scored more tries, to play more attractive rugby but it comes down to scoring points in the end.

“There is no point being exciting if you are not winning games whereas we are consistently there or thereabouts.”

Saracens come into the game on the back of a dramatic last gasp 12-11 win over Racing Metro in the European Champions Cup quarter-finals – thanks to a Marcelo Bosch penalty in time added on.

Sarries have been defeated only once at Allianz Park in the tournament in the past 12 months: 24-31 to Northampton in round 8.

The two clubs played out a 21-21 draw at Welford Road in November, whilst Saracens have not beaten Leicester since a 49-10 scoreline in Aviva Premiership Rugby in December 2013, on the Tigers' only previous visit to Allianz Park.

Sarries’ much vaunted squad depth has been tested to max in this busy period and head coach Mark McCall admits there will be more to come.

He said: “We are going to have to spread the load through the squad, but we have got some players coming back.”

They might well be boosted by the return of Owen Farrell over the next fortnight, the fly-half has been out since January.

Asked if he could be back for the semi-final, Farrell told BT Sport: “I’m hoping to be. The knee is feeling good. I did everything yesterday – ran, kicked, tackled, got stuck in. I was blowing a bit but I was all right, so we will see how I get on in training this week, and we’ll make a decision then.”

(Allianz Park, 3.15pm)
Referee: Matthew Carley (28th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Roy Maybank & Robin Goodliffe. TMO: David Grashoff.

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