Tigers not complacent about ninth Twickers final

Jordan Crane says Tigers have learnt something in each of the last final they have lost at Twickenham

There was a sense of fear driving us on to victory over Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership semi-final last weekend.

I was speaking to lots of the boys in the build-up to our 33-16 win - and they all pretty much said the same thing.

As a club, we have reached the final for the last eights seasons on the bounce. That’s a huge achievement.

Nobody wanted to be part of the side that lost a semi-final to bring that run to an end.

It was a real feature of the week and made damn sure that we were completely focused on getting the job done. There was a real edge in training and I honestly felt that there were so many of the lads climbing the walls, that we could not lose.

Having said that, Quins had the best of us in the first half an hour but our defence held firm, like it has done for most of the season when we needed it most. There were a couple of try-saving tackles from Tom Croft and Mat Tait and we rode the storm and got a big try just before half-time to go ahead.

Then we upped the intensity in the second half and they started to give away penalties.

We were playing in all the right areas and we could just feel them starting to wilt as the pressure built.

It was nice to have a decent lead going into the closing stages and it was good to give some of the guys who are leaving this summer a proper Welford Road send off.

We have had light conditioning to start this week and will start to go through the gears a bit on Thursday and Friday. Next week will be as normal a week as we can muster going into the final.

Now we have got there, we cannot lose again after losing on our last two visits to Twickenham. This is another game that we will be desperate to win.

We spoke as a group after the Quins game about that and we have to make sure that we are in the right shape come game day.

We have to be mentally and physically right and go to Twickenham and get the job done.


Crane says Tigers are mentally and physically fit for their Aviva Premiership final against Saints

Every loss at Twickenham has taught us a lesson but it is hard to put a finger on why we lost certain games.

At times, in the last few years, we may have been a little complacent in parts if I am being honest because we have gone into the finals in such good form.

One thing that playing our local rivals this season had made sure of, is that there will be none of that this time.

That I can promise you.

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