Tigers going for broke

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:36
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According to flank Julian Salvi, the Leicester Tigers will be going all-out for a bonus-point win over Treviso this weekend.
 

According to flank Julian Salvi, the Leicester Tigers will be going all-out for a bonus-point win over Treviso this weekend.

Salvi says his side are in a 'good place' despite defeat to Ulster on the opening weekend, and have targeted a full haul of five log points against the Italian outfit.

The 2001 and 2002 European Cup winners kicked off their campaign with a 22-16 defeat at Ravenhill but they left Belfast with a losing bonus point to their name.

And the fact that they didn't head for home empty handed could be crucial come Round Six when the two teams meet again at Welford Road.

Leicester led 7-0 against the 2012 beaten finalists but had to fight hard to salvage something from the game after Jordan Crane saw yellow in the second half.

"We put ourselves in a position to win the game after scoring the first try and quietening the crowd, but we couldn't convert it," Salvi told the Leicester Mercury.

"They got the crowd behind them in the second half and got a few decisions which went against us. In the end, that hurt us.

"It was a harsh call to yellow card Jordan Crane in the second half but, when we went a man down, everyone raised their intensity and we hung in there.

"To come away from there with a point, in what is a long tournament, means that we feel we are in a good place.

"There are five more games to go, and good luck to Ulster when they come to Welford Road because that is our place and that is where we get our crowd behind us. We'll be looking to put in a good performance."

Next up for Leicester is a home tie with Treviso and Salvi openly admits that his side are targeting maximum points.

That aim won't be straightforward, however, not if last year's results between the two teams are after to go by.

The Tigers may have claimed five tries against Franco Smith's men in the East Midlands in December 2012 but they were pushed pretty hard and finished with a winning margin of just eight points.

Things were even tighter in Treviso a week later as only a George Ford conversion with 125 seconds left to play prevented the Tigers from experiencing a shock defeat.

"Treviso are an up-and-down side but are full of Italian internationals. They are quite physical in the forwards and we have to nullify that threat," added Salvi.

"They will try to throw the ball around and disrupt us up front, so we will have to be on our game to make sure that we get four points, if not five.

"We will be going for five points - that's our goal. If we can be on six points after two games we will be sitting nicely."
 

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Bath v Toulon 17h30 Recreation Ground
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
EUROPEAN CUP
MORE LOGS
Pool 1
Team P W D L Pts
La Rochelle 3 3 0 0 15
Ulster 3 1 0 2 8
Wasps 3 1 0 2 6
Harlequins 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Clermont Auvergne 3 3 0 0 14
Saracens 3 2 0 1 10
Ospreys 3 1 0 2 8
Northampton Saints 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 3 3 0 0 14
Exeter Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Montpellier 3 1 0 2 8
Glasgow Warriors 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Munster 3 2 1 0 11
Castres 3 1 1 1 7
Leicester Tigers 3 1 0 2 6
Racing Metro 3 1 0 2 6
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Toulon 3 3 0 0 12
Bath 3 2 0 1 9
Scarlets 3 1 0 2 7
Treviso 3 0 0 3 3