Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Leicester ready for Sale challenge

Julian Salvi insists there 'aren't any panic stations at the club'

Leicester will aim to get back on track for a home tie in the Aviva Premiership play-offs on Saturday when they host relegation candidates Sale Sharks.

And despite Tigers suffering successive league defeats against Harlequins and Saracens, their Australian flanker Julian Salvi insisted there is no sense of panic in the camp, saying: "We came out and played some really good football, but we took our foot off the pedal (against Saracens), let them back into it and gave them the win.

"It is always hard when you lose two on the trot in games you know you could have won. We know we can match both those sides, if not better them. I don't think it is the time to panic, but we know it is vitally important that we win our next game."

He added: "We never like to lose at Welford Road, and to do that was extremely disappointing, so we are looking to put that right straightaway.

"There are plenty of positives from both of those defeats, and there aren't any panic stations at the club."

England back-row forward Tom Croft will captain Leicester on his 100th start for the club this weekend as third-placed Tigers look to stay in touch with current Premiership top two Quins and Saracens.

Tigers rugby director Richard Cockerill added: "We've had disappointing results in the last two weeks, but in terms of performance we've done some good things.

"There are still six games remaining, so there is a lot of rugby to be played yet and a lot of points still up for grabs. We keep a positive frame of mind and just keep battling away."