Leicester Tigers' Micky Young guards against complacency for Euro tie
Leicester Tigers cannot afford to show any complacency when they line up against Treviso at Welford Road on Sunday, says scrum-half Micky Young.
Tigers will be strong favourites to win their Heineken Cup tie against the Italians – who they visit the following week – in convincing fashion.
Young, though, reckons the visitors will prove a tough nut to crack in what is a crucial game for the Tigers' European ambitions.
Leicester head into the match on the back of a hard-earned 17-12 win against Bath in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday. Young, who was a late call-up for that game with Sam Harrison struck down by illness, feels that will stand them in good stead.
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"The win over Bath was huge for us in terms of getting momentum into Europe," he said. "Playing Treviso back to back means two massive weeks for us and we cannot expect anything less than two wins.
"We are focusing on them this week and getting a plan together.
"We have confidence in ourselves and we go into all games knowing that we need to win first and foremost. Treviso are no mugs and we know they are a really good outfit. We cannot be complacent and go into the game thinking about getting five points.
"We just need to prepare the best we can and get the wins that we need."
Young said that it was almost 9am on Saturday when he discovered he would be starting against Bath – hardly the ideal preparation for a key game.
He came through well, though. "That was the first 80 minutes that I had played in a year-and-a-half so it was really good to be involved and get through it with a win," he said.
It was far from straightforward and Tigers had to dig deep to claim four points.
"We kept our composure and just needed to keep doing the same things in the second half as we had done in the first," said Young.
"We would have liked to score more points but the win is important. We go into Europe with a place in the Premiership top four.
"We stuck at it and it was a credit that we kept doing what we needed to do with the cards flying about."