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Tigers are in top form - Chuter


Chuter targets more European Cup glory

Hooker George Chuter believes Leicester Tigers are in top form ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup tie with Bath.

"We've been pretty confident for six or seven weeks," he told BBC East Midlands Today. "We've been playing some great rugby and putting good wins together."

And the England man says the Tigers are desperate to build on their impressive Heineken Cup record.

"It's a fantastic tournament. We have won it twice and been in the final another two times," Chuter said.

"We are here to win it and we have a good opportunity to get into the final.

"We lost to Bath down there in the league and won up here with two late tries.

"There has been little between the two teams. But it's a one-off so previous games will mean very little."

Chuter's England colleague Harry Ellis is also in no doubt about the importance of Saturday's quarter-final match.

"It's a massive game," he told BBC Radio Leicester. "They have good players across the board.

"We have played them a few times this year already so we know a little bit more about them than other teams."

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And Ellis insists playing at the Walkers Stadium instead of Welford Road will not have a negative impact.

"It's a great place to play," Ellis said. "It's a great location to play in and something you always remember.

"We have always known that we have the talent, the guys all across the park - not just the backs. We love to throw the ball around and have a go.

"Everyone is enjoying their rugby and it makes such a difference. It makes your job worthwhile and things are going really well at the moment."

Toby Flood is looking forward to taking on the side that dumped the Tigers out of the competition at the same stage in 2006.

Flood, who was at Newcastle at the time, said: "We realise we've made a good stride to where we want to be in the Premiership but this is a completely different task.

"We're playing Heineken Cup, it's one-off rugby, you make a mistake and you're out.

"The difficulty is going to be Bath - how aggressive they are and how they chuck the ball around - it's going to be a fantastic game but I think we have enough to win."

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