Pressure is on Quins, says Tigers' Anthony Allen
Leicester Tigers centre Anthony Allen says Harlequins must live up their champions tag at Welford Road this evening.
Their previous encounter came in last season's Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham, which ended in disappointment for Tigers when they were beaten.
But this latest clash at Welford Road, where the Tigers have not lost in any competition since October last year – albeit a 27-18 defeat at the hands of today's opponents.
Allen said that Harlequins are the champions coming to Welford Road, so the pressure is on them.
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"It's not going to be easy for us because they are the champions. But they've got that tag so they've got to live up to it now," he said.
"Being at Welford Road should give us an advantage. We don't lose many games at home and we want to keep it that way, so it should be a feisty encounter.
"It is a smaller pitch than Twickenham so we're used to that and they aren't, and we've got the home crowd which is a huge thing for us."
Last season's final was a bitter-sweet occasion for Allen, who managed to get on the score sheet in the game by crossing the line with 10 minutes to go – but it proved too little, too late.
The 26-year-old agreed that this evening's encounter will be a good opportunity to seek a little bit of revenge.
"We were gutted to lose the final," he said. "I was pleased to score a try but it means nothing for the team when we lose because you want to win and do it together.
"Hopefully, we can right the wrongs from that game, put that result to bed and really put on a good performance.
"If you look back at the previous games with Harlequins we've both scored quite a few points," he said.