Guy Thompson warns Leicester Tigers against complacency ahead of return clash against Calvisano

Leicester Tigers have won all three Challenge Cup games until now
Leicester Tigers have won all three Challenge Cup games until now
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Leicester Tigers flanker Guy Thomson has urged his side against complacency as they face Calvisano in the return Champions Cup game at Pata Stadium.

The last time these two teams met was at Welford Road when Geordan Murphy's side ran a nine-try riot to complete a massive 59-7 win but Thomson is expecting a strong fightback from Calvisano when they lock horns with each other this weekend.

“We were happy, first and foremost, to get the win at home,” he told the club website. “And to get [more than] 50 points is always a positive.

“However, we’re also realists and we understand that we left a lot of points out there, and it wasn’t a complete 80-minute performance.

“That’s a big work on for us this week, because we know that Calvisano at home are a very different side. We know we’re in for a tough afternoon when we go out there.”

The Tigers had a tough start to the season in the Premiership but have been impressive in the Challenge Cup where they registered three consecutive wins with victories over Pau, Cardiff Blues and Calvisano. They now have a three-point lead over second placed Cardiff Blues and another victory would take them close to the knock-out stage.

“Calvisano are a good side,” he added.

“Like I said, we are a little disappointed that we didn’t keep to our game plan for the full 80 minutes last week, so we know we have to get a good start in the game.

“We need to get a foothold and then we can start building on a [full] performance. First and foremost, it’ll be a case of getting out there and getting stuck in.”

 

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