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With just six rounds of the regular season remaining to be played in the Aviva Premiership, nearly every match takes on a significance on race for play off places, or the relegation battle. Friday at Welford Road Stadium in Leicester promises an almighty crunch, when the Tigers welcome the Exeter Chiefs to their home venue. The Tigers are currently in fifth position in the table, just outside the play-off places, but a mere one point behind Bath who are currently hanging on to the final position for the knockout stage of the competition.
After losing three straight matches over the holiday period, although all of those losses were to the top three clubs in the table, the Leicester Tigers have bounced back with three wins in succession, at home to Bristol and Gloucester, and the best performance of the lot, away at Harlequins, where last weekend they become the first side to beat Quins on home soil this season. The Chiefs are unbeaten in their last nine Premiership outings, a run that includes two draws, against Wasps and Saracens, and have climbed into second place, but are six points behind the leaders Wasps. The target for the Chiefs now, will be to hold off the challenge of Saracens and secure a top two finish, and with it the reward of a home game in the play-off semi-finals.
Posted: 6th March 2016
Leicester Tigers have struggled to maintain their top four spot in the Aviva Premiership table since the 6-Nations tournament started, and they found the international demands being made on their squad, was leaving them vulnerable against clubs that they would normally be expecting to beat. However, after three successive defeats, the Tigers got back to winning ways last Sunday, when they recorded a 47-20 win at Welford Road Stadium against the bottom club, London Irish. That result lifted them back into the play-off positions.
On Sunday, the Leicester Tigers will face a severe test, when they play host to the Exeter Chiefs, who boast the second best away record in the tournament this season, having accumulated 22 points on the road. The Devonians have won their last two games in the Premiership, to maintain the pressure on table toppers, Saracens, who they trail by just three points. The first meeting between the clubs this season, at Sandy Park in November, ended in a 19-6 victory for the home side. Should they become just the second club to win at Welford Road in the Premiership since September 2014, Sale Sharks being the only ones to date in Round 11, it will be only a second ever season's double for the Chiefs over the Tigers, the previous occasion being in 2011/12.
Posted: 28th March 2015
Although the reigning Champions the Northampton Saints seem assured of a place in the post-season play-offs, the other three places are still very much up for grabs, with just five points separating second placed Exeter Chiefs and sixth place Wasps. On Saturday two of the clubs in the play-off mix, the Leicester Tigers and the Chiefs, clash at Welford Road Stadium, which will go some way to determining who will make it into the post-season knockout stage, particularly if the Chiefs can pull off a victory. However, the wise money would be on the Leicester Tigers, given their recent Premiership form, which has seen them win four matches in succession, the last time they tasted defeat being against Harlequins at Twickenham in early January. The Tigers record at their Welford Road home is even more impressive and intimidating, with just a solitary loss at the venue since November 2013.
The Chiefs themselves are on a run of four Aviva Premiership wins on the trot, their last loss being against London Irish at the Madejski Stadium in Reading. That result coming on the same weekend that Leicester last loss to Quins. However, the clubs met in an Anglo-Welsh Cup semi-final just two weeks ago at the same venue as Saturday's fixture, with the visitors pulling off a 30-22 victory. A result that ended a five game winning streak for the Tigers against the Chiefs.
Posted: 23rd March 2014
Leicester Tigers have surged into the top four of the Aviva Premiership table on the back of a run that has seen those record four successive victories during an unbeaten run of half a dozen games. No one would blame the Chiefs if they were still recovering from the hangover of last weekend, when they defeated the Northampton saints at Sandy Park, to win the LV= Anglo-Welsh Cup, and secure their first piece of major silverware in over 100 years of existence. Quite apart from the Chiefs hangover, form would seem to dictate a fairly comfortable win for the Leicester Tigers, as they look to consolidate their place in the play-off positions. The Tigers have lost just once at their Welford Road Stadium ground in the last 12 Premiership games they have played there, when they went down 16-23 to Harlequins, back at the beginning of November.
Although the Exeter Chiefs beat London Irish by 18-0 in their most recent Premiership game, a result that ended a sequence of five losses on the trot, they haven’t won away from Sandy Park in the competition since they beat Sale at the AJ Bell Stadium on 1 November. Exeter has recorded two wins at Welford Road, though the first of these was against Nottingham in the Championship, back in 2009. They did however; beat the Tigers in 2011 on their own soil.
Posted: 3rd September 2011
On Saturday, September 3rd we will see another amazing Aviva Premiership match happen, starting 15:00 local time. This match is one of six that the twelve teams will play this week, and starts off the new season of Aviva Premiership rugby. Other games happening this week including Worcester against Sale Sharks and the London Wasps taking on the Saracens in Twickenham. The Leicester Tigers are coached by Richard Cockerill and are finalists in last year's Premiership championship. As for the Exeter Chiefs, they are coached by Rob Baxter and captained by Tommy Hayes.
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