Leicester Tigers scrum-half Sam Harrison: There is a real buzz at club around huge clash
Leicester Tigers scrum-half Sam Harrison says there is a good buzz around the club ahead of Saturday's "huge clash" with Northampton.
The 22-year-old has already made seven appearances this season and was right in the thick of things during the 27-21 defeat by Gloucester at Kingsholm last week.
His run in the squad is set to be extended this weekend for a clash which is already being eagerly anticipated in the Tigers camp as fourth travel to fifth in the Aviva Premiership table.
"We are in the right area of the league and have made a solid start in the Heineken Cup so we are quietly confident in where we are," said Harrison.
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"There is a good buzz around the club for what will be a huge game.
"The rivalry between the sides in the East Midlands is huge and there will be guys coming into the side who have not played a lot of rugby and will be desperate to play.
"I only got on for a couple of minutes on the pitch for the same fixture last year and, while it may be great to start in such a big game, if I am named on the bench again this time, I will look forward to coming on and getting involved.
"It's a sell-out at the weekend and I hope the Welford Road crowd will be cheering the boys on. We really noticed the crowd against the Ospreys the other week. They can really made a difference."
Harrison says Leicester will need to up their performance levels from last week's Kingsholm reverse, which saw them slip out of the play-off positions.
"We should have come away with the result last week," said Harrison.
"We lost concentration and let them score some soft tries."
And Harrison said he had to bite his tongue when a stray boot kicked the ball out of his hands illegally at a ruck as Leicester pressed for the go-ahead try in the final 10 minutes.
The crucial incident went unnoticed by both referee and touch judge.
"There were a few words I would have liked to have said to the referee but, thankfully, I kept them to myself," he said.
"I can't change the referee's decision, so there is no point in worrying about it. I just have to focus on my own game and get on with things."