Leicester Tigers aim to end festive period on a high
Leicester Tigers will end the festive period in a very successful manner if they can dent one of the Aviva Premiership's best home records tomorrow night.
With wins over London Irish and Gloucester already in the bag, Tigers could complete a 13 or 14-point haul with victory over Worcester Warriors.
Tigers head to Sixways take on a Worcester side that has only lost once in the league there all season, to Bath by a point in September.
Since then, led by the experienced pairing of scrum-half Paul Hodgson and former Tigers fly-half Andy Goode, Warriors have been unbeatable.
Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill knows Warriors' half-backs will be a handful but says there are plenty other areas where Richard Hill's men are dangerous.
"Andy Goode can kick penalties from anywhere and has also landed a fair few drop goals this season too," said Cockerill.
"Paul Hodgson was a good signing for them at scrum-half because he is a good general and bosses the side well.
"Worcester also have a strong pack, and winger David Lemi is a huge threat around the park.
"They are a tough team to beat and they have proved that with the amount of losing bonus points they have picked up this year.
"They beat Saracens at home so they must be doing something right. They have definitely improved and have a strong squad.
"Sixways is a small ground but it usually packed to the rafters when we go there and that creates a cracking atmosphere.
"We have always prided ourselves on not getting distracted by the festivities.
"We set ourselves a target over the Christmas period and, if we can win at Worcester, we will have got 13 points over three games, which we will be satisfied with."
With two season-defining Heineken Cup games to follow tomorrow's fixture, Cockerill hinted he could make a few changes to the squad that beat Gloucester last Saturday.
Tom Croft could be in line for his first action in nine months after just missing out last week, and Tongan forward Steve Mafi could earn more game time after returning from injury off the bench last week.
"With Europe in mind, we have to be right for the Ospreys the following week," said Cockerill. "But these are a big four points on offer and we will not be taking Worcester lightly."