Preview | The Tigers ready for Sixways
Sixways Stadium hosts the Leicester Tigers in the fifth round of the Gallagher Premiership season on Saturday.
Last season’s visit to Sixways ended a three-game losing streak against the Worcester Warriors at the venue, with Ellis Genge scoring both tries in an 18-17 victory.
The Tigers started the season with four straight wins for the first time since 2000/01, with hooker Nic Dolly scoring four tries in four games, including one in the 21-16 triumph over the London Irish a week ago.
The Warriors started the season with a 36-24 victory over the Irish, but have since lost to the Harlequins, Gloucester and Exeter Chiefs.
British and Irish Lions winger Duhan van der Merwe and mainstay Rory Sutherland, both of whom were drafted this summer, make their home debuts for the Warriors this week as England international center Ollie Lawrence makes his 50th appearance for the club.
Co-captain Francois Venter returns alongside Lawrence in the middle and scrum-half Will Chudley makes his first start since a summer move from Bath in place of injured Willi Heinz. Tigers academy graduate Perry Humphreys returns to the wing, with former lender Joe Batley also included in the day’s squad.
Julián Montoya – who scored two goals in the home win over Worcester last February – is named first for the Tigers after making his first appearance of the season on the bench last week and head coach Steve Borthwick also gives a first start to flanker Marco van Staden.
International duo Jasper Wiese and Matias Moroni will make their first appearances of the season.
This is the Tigers’ 20th visit to Sixways to face the Warriors, with 13 previous wins. The clubs have met 37 times in all competitions, with the Tigers winning 29-8 against the Warriors. This season’s second leg at Mattioli Woods Welford Road is in the 15th round in early February.
The Tigers will wear the club’s changing colors of white, black and orange on Saturday with Worcester in blue.
The referee is Luke Pearce, in charge of a Premiership match for the 116th time.
Saturday’s game is not listed for live coverage with BT Sport, but supporters can stay in touch with the Tigers’ Matchday Live service on the website and app, as well as with the club’s social media. .
Full round 5:
Friday – Sale Sharks v Harlequins (7:45 p.m.)
Saturday – Newcastle Falcons v Bristol Bears (3:00 p.m.), Wasps v Exeter Chiefs (3:00 p.m.), Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers (3:00 p.m.)
Sunday – Bath Rugby v Saracens (3:00 p.m.), London Irish v Gloucester Rugby (3:00 p.m.)
Free Week – Northampton Saints