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In this week’s edition of Tykes Talk Phil Davies talks about the Tykes game against Leicester Tigers at Headingley, this Sunday, kick off 2.30pm.

I know we are in for a tough examination this week, Dean Richards will certainly have his team fired up to face us and we must make sure that we put the right level of performance in to match their intensity.

We spoke during the week last week about getting our performances more consistent across the course of the game and we did that, particularly in the first half.

We ended up scoring six tries and I don't think we've done that for a long time, certainly not during our time in the Premiership. It was a real spectacle for all of the supporters who were here, made so in no small part by Saracens who played some great rugby when they were in pursuit of us.

I think the platform we have been talking about has improved; the scrum and line-out improved quite a bit and the contact area has improved. And our movement was quite good as well I thought.

The players deserve a massive amount of credit for the way they've worked for the last five weeks since the Bath game and gradually got better and better.

Thankfully we now seem to be getting over some of the long term injury problems we had at the start of the season.  I am delighted to have our captain Mike Shelley back available for selection and likewise Stewart Campbell and Tristan Davies who both return to the squad.  Alan Dickens was on the bench last week but we had decided we would only use him if necessary so that has given him another week to recover for Sunday’s game. It was good to see Phil Murphy back last week and Simon Halford enjoyed his full debut.  We now only have Tom Palmer and Clive Stuart-Smith unavailable through injury and that is excellent news and a pat on the back for our medical team.

Leicester have lost their last two games but that only means that they will come to Headingley in even more fearsome mood than ever.  They have been badly hit by the World Cup but Dean Richards has been planning for this for a number of years now and the ability of the Tigers youngsters to handle Premiership rugby has to be admired.  I have never hidden my admiration for what Leicester has achieved in the professional era and they remain a role model for any club looking to develop a sustainable long term future and to be able to challenge for honours.


Phil Davies has named an unchanged side to the one that defeated Saracens 41-31 last Sunday at Headingley.  That means that summer signing from Cardiff Gary Powell keeps captain Mike Shelley out of the starting line after the Leeds stalwart returned this week after five weeks on the sidelines with a broken thumb.  Shelley is joined on the bench by Scottish international Stewart Campbell who has recovered from a knee injury plus Tristan Davies who had a shoulder injury. Dan Hyde will continue to captain the side with Shelley starting on the bench.  Dan Scarbrough will be looking to continue his good form against Leicester this week.  The England man has scored on all three occasions he has played against Leicester, including two tries in last seasons win over the Tigers at Headingley. 

The team is as follows:


15. Tim Walsh14. Dan Scarbrough13. Phil Christophers12. Liam Botham11. David Rees10. Duncan Hodge9. Ryan Walker


1. Gary Powell2. Rob Rawlinson3. Simon Halford4. Scott Morgan 5. Stuart Hooper6. Matt Salter7. James Ponton8. Dan Hyde (c)


16. Mike Shelley17. Matt Holt18. Phil Murphy19. Stewart Campbell20. Alan Dickens21. Tristan Davies22. Matt Cardey

Previous Meetings

26 Apr 2003 Tigers 18 Tykes 1731 Aug 2002 Tykes 26 Tigers 13 19 Apr 2002 Tigers 31 Tykes 10 11 Nov 2001 Tykes 37 Tigers 16



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