Leicester vs Northampton LV Cup final preview

Leicester Tigers Club captain Geordan Murphy returns will lead Leicester Tigers in Sunday’s Anglo Welsh LV= Cup Final against Northampton Saints at Sixways Stadium.


Murphy captains a team which also includes Thomas Waldrom, Logoviii Mulipola, George Skivington and Matt Smith in changes to the line-up which started against Bath in the semi-final.


Toby Flood, released from the England squad alongside Waldrom earlier this week, is named among the replacements.


Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: “There is a big rivalry between the clubs as such close neighbours, but it is a healthy rivalry because there is a lot of respect for the work of both clubs. “


“We know each other well, there is a lot of history there, and every game between Leicester and Northampton is a big game.


“The two teams have never met in a cup final before so this promises to be a great occasion for the players and the supporters. It’ll be full-blooded and fully committed, and should be a great spectacle.”


The team has been named for Sunday’s LV= Cup final against Leicester.


This will be the first time that the Saints and Tigers will have met in a major domestic final and Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder said that this will provide some extra spice when the local rivals run out to face each other.


“When you start the season you only play in three competitions and you set out to win all three,” he said.


“Unfortunately we got knocked out of the Heineken Cup so we’re left in two. We want to win both of those, and this starts on Sunday with the match against a Leicester team which showed all its qualities in the win down at Bath last weekend.


“Recently they’ve been playing well in the Premiership and LV= Cup and getting good results. It’s going to be a very competitive game, very physical, and tough at the breakdown and set piece.


“But nobody wants to get to a final and lose – it makes for a depressing trip home. You want to get there and win, and that’s what we’ve been focusing on all week.”


Match : Anglo Welsh LV= Cup Final
Teams : Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers
Venue: Sixways Worcester
Date :Sunday, March 18th, 2012
Kick Off :3:00pm


Teams


Northampton Saints


15 Paul Diggin , 14 Vasily Artemyev , 13 George Pisi , 12 James Downey , 11 Scott Armstrong , 10 Stephen Myler , 9 Martin Roberts , 1 Soane Tonga’uiha , 2 Andy Long , 3 Paul Doran Jones, 4 James Craig , 5 Christian Day, 6 Calum Clark (capt) , 7 Tom Wood , 8 Roger Wilson


Replacements , 16 Ross McMillan , 17 Alex Waller, 18 Brian Mujati , 19 Mark Sorenson , 20 Ben Nutley , 21 Ryan Glynn , 22 Ryan Lamb , 23 Tom May


Leicester Tigers


15 Geordan Murphy (c) , 14 Horacio Agulla , 13 Matt Smith , 12 Billy Twelvetrees , 11 Scott Hamilton , 10 George Ford , 9 James Grindal , 1 Boris Stankovich , 2 Rob Hawkins , 3 Logoviii Mulipola , 4 George Skivington , 5 Graham Kitchener , 6 Steve Mafi , 7 Craig Newby , 8 Thomas Waldrom


Replacements , 16 Tom Youngs , 17 Marcos Ayerza , 18 Julian White , 19 Calum Green , 20 Julian Salvi , 21 Scott Steele , 22 Toby Flood , 23 Andy Forsyth

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