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Worcester Warriors fans flocking back to Sixways for Leicester Tigers clash
7:00am Thursday 3rd January 2013 in Sport
WARRIORS will break through the 10,000 barrier for the first time this season as fans are set to flock to Sixways to cheer on their team in tomorrow night’s huge Aviva Premiership clash with Leicester Tigers (8pm).
The highest attendance of the season so far came to the last game at Worcester’s headquarters when 8,911 supporters turned up to see Richard Hill’s men claim an important 13-6 win over London Welsh just before Christmas.
Warriors have not lost on home soil since the opening day of the season and gates at Sixways have been gradually rising but, before the Tigers visit, had not threatened to get into five figures.
However, the visit of last year’s Premiership finalists has captured the imagination of rugby fans in the city with only a few tickets available.
Supporters can still buy them for the FragranceMad Stand (Blocks ‘B’ to ‘G’) and the Elonex Stand (Blocks ‘A’ to ‘F’).
Warriors head coach Hill said: “Our home record has been good this season. We have conceded only four tries in six league games at Sixways and produced some big defensive displays.
“Up until now, I feel we have delivered for the supporters at home and secured some important performances.
“We have a real sense of pride when playing for them at Sixways, but this will be our toughest challenge of the season.
“If we want to keep that home record intact, we have got to pull out all the stops. It will take a huge effort from the players and we also need the fans to really get behind us and make it a special atmosphere from the word go.
“We are excited about the game and a massive start to 2013.”
Hill added: “We have a proud home record from the start of the season but we will need to pull out all the stops against a very powerful Leicester team.
“Keeping our home record intact is a big thing for us and we are going to have to play better than we did against Sale Sharks and throw everything we have at them.”
Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill admits Sixways is a difficult place to visit and expects a tough challenge for his high-flying Tigers.
He said: “Worcester have a strong pack and kicking game — Andy Goode can kick penalties from anywhere.
“Paul Hodgson was a good signing for them at scrum-half because he is a good general and bosses the side well, while David Lemi is a huge threat.
“They are a tough team to beat and have proved that with the amount of losing bonus points they have picked up this year.
“To beat Saracens at home, they must be doing something right. They’ve improved and have a strong squad. Sixways is a small ground but usually packed to the rafters when we go there and that creates a cracking atmosphere which their team feeds off.”