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Preview: Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers

Preview: Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers fly-half Owen Williams insists his side simply cannot think about dropping any more points in defence of their Aviva Premiership title as they look to make an example of Worcester Warriors this weekend.

A Heineken Cup exit at the hands of Ulster and consecutive defeats in the LV= Cup have left the Tigers searching for some momentum upon their return to Aviva Premiership action.

Welford Road saw a thrilling 27-27 draw against Bath Rugby at the start of January, making victory over the Warriors a necessity with Richard Cockerill’s men lying just outside the play-off places.    

And 21-year-old Williams, who believes he is beginning to find his feet in a Tigers shirt, is confident his side can return to winning ways against a Worcester side with nothing to lose.

“It is going to be a very big game for both sides,” said Williams. “They [Worcester] have nothing to lose and they are under pressure because they haven’t got a win yet in the Aviva Premiership.

“They will come straight at us and we will need to be clinical. We need to take every point we can at the moment as we are in the race for the title.

“Teams can become complacent going away to Worcester but we cannot afford to do that and I don’t think we cannot afford to lose any more games.

“We know we have to be better in these next few games and we can’t lose pace with the other teams so we are looking to get a win and start picking up some bonus points as well.”

Worcester are yet to win a single Aviva Premiership fixture this season, losing their 12th match  in a row against London Irish on January 4 in a 22-9 defeat at the Madejski Stadium.

But Dean Ryan’s side gave the Sixways faithful something to cheer about with a 20-13 defeat of Oyonnax in the Amlin Challenge Cup during the domestic break.

And with one of their toughest fixtures of the season next up prop Ofa Fainga’anuku believes his side must put up a real fight to match.

“We've got five games left at Sixways this season and it's a big advantage for us to play in front of our own fans,” he said.

"They've been great all season so we need to repay them by getting some wins at home.

“It seems to be a bit of a theme this year that we're losing heavily to the bigger teams and then losing close games to the teams around us.

"Sometimes we've not been turning up for the first 20 minutes and other times we tire quickly in the second half so that's something we need to improve if we're going to stay in the Aviva Premiership."

(Sixways, 7.45pm)

Referee: Andrew Small (97th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Roger Baileff & Gareth Copsey. TMO: Rowan Kitt.

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