Leicester fly-half Owen Williams believes his side have enough quality in their backline “to put teams to the sword” ahead of the Tigers’ game with one-win Worcester at Welford Road later this afternoon.
Leicester currently sit in fourth place on the Premiership table with three wins and two losses so far this season and while the Tigers know that last weekend’s loss to Sale was probably a game that got away from them, Williams insists that Leicester will only get better as the season wears on, especially given the fact that centres Matt Toomua and Manu Tuilagi are still yet to return.
“The shapes are there and we are creating opportunities; it is just that final pass or off-load that goes to ground and we aren’t just finishing off things,” Williams told the Leicester Mercury.
“Our back-line is stacked with good players. Peter Betham made some good breaks and you have the likes of Telusa Veainu and Adam Thompstone, who scored a great try at Sale, and JP Pietersen. With Manu Tuilagi and Matt Toomua to come in it can only get better.
“We broke quite a few times (against Bath) but didn’t quite finish it off. With those one and two-per-centers hopefully we can put teams to the sword.”
Williams stressed that while it was important Leicester get back to winning ways this weekend against Worcester, the Tigers also needed to use Saturday’s game as a launchpad for their Champions Cup opener against the Glasgow Warriors next week.
It is about building momentum going into Europe,” Williams added. “We played really well against Bath and wanted to back that up at Sale. Unfortunately we didn’t do that which stifled our momentum, so we need to get back on track against Worcester.
“Hopefully, we will put in a good performance to lead us nicely into Europe.”
A win for the Tigers would keep Aaron Mauger’s side towards the top of the table as Leicester look to try and catch Wasps and Saracens at the top of the table.
Jack O’Toole, Pundit Arena