Psychological barriers for Saints and Tigers

Tigers number eight Jordan Crane says Tigers and Saints face different psychological barriers in the Premiership final

There won’t be much that ourselves and Northampton Saints don’t know about each other when we meet in the Aviva Premiership final on Saturday.

When we run out at Twickenham, it will be the sixth time we have met each other in just over 18 months.

We have had the better of those games and our last meeting at Franklin’s Gardens was one of our best performances of the whole season as we won 36-8.

We will be thinking that we have done well against them recently, so why can’t we do well again.

They will be thinking they have played well in the semi, beaten a team that topped the league in Saracens and will think it is time for a change in fortunes against us.

We have been to the final for nine years on the bounce but have lost our last two visits. They have never appeared in the Premiership final and will have to deal with the occasion.

There are plenty of psychological barriers for both sides to hurdle. The one that copes with that the best will lift the trophy on the day.

Personally, this will be my seventh successive final since joining the club from Leeds. That illustrates just how consistent we have been.

Our record is superb. Most teams win a trophy and you don’t see them again. We are there every year and it is that consistency that sets Leicester apart. I’m really proud to be a part of that.

With Saints, our local rivals, being our opponents, it will certainly give the game that added spice.

It will be extremely physical contest in the forwards and backs and the Twickenham pitch will not be a place for the faint-hearted.

We had a couple of days of physio and conditioning after beating Quins and have then got back into the rugby side of things Thursday/Friday.

This week promises to be very exciting. That feeling never diminishes no matter how many times you get to Twickenham.

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