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Gallagher Premiership – Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs

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Leicester Tigers take on the Chiefs on Saturday in their first match of the new season.

With a good record at home, having only loss once in their last four Premiership matches, the Tigers will want to start well against the Chiefs this weekend.

Exeter have gotten themselves to the final last year and have been one of the top sides in Europe the last couple of years, so this is no easy match for the Tigers.

The Chiefs will also have the confidence going into this match as they have won the last seven matches between the two sides. They also know how to win away from home, having won 18 away games since the start of the 2019 season which is the most by any side in the competition.

We expect a great game between the two sides as it has always been a high scoring game when they meet on the field.

Hodge, Nowell and O’Flaherty will man the back three for the Chiefs this weekend with Slade and Devoto in the midfield.

Simmonds and Maunder will form the halfback combination with Tuima at eight-man.

Armond and Kirsten will complete the loose trio combination for the Chiefs this weekend. In the second row we will see Lonsdale and Witty with Hepburn, Innard and Williams completing the tight five.

For the home side Steward will combine with Potter and Nadolo as the dangerous back three with Scott and Kelly in the midfield.

Youngs and Ford brings a very experience halfback combination to the match which will be vital for the home side against the Chiefs.

Harno Liebenberg will pack down with the number eight jumper on his back and his loos trio will be completed with Martin and Reffell on the side of the scrum.

Genge, Dolly and Cole will make up the front row with Wells and Green completing their tight five.

Teams:

Leicester Tigers: 15 Freddie Steward, 14 Harry Potter, 13 Matt Scott, 12 Dan Kelly, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Tommy Reffell, 6 George Martin, 5 Calum Green, 4 Harry Wells, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Nic Dolly, 1 Ellis Genge (c)
Replacements: 16 Tom Cowan-Dickie, 17 Francois van Wyk, 18 Nephi Leatigaga, 19 Eli Snyman, 20 Ollie Chessum, 21 Jack van Poortvliet, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Guy Porter

Exeter Chiefs: 15 Josh Hodge, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ollie Devoto, 11 Tom O’Flaherty, 10 Joe Simmonds, 9 Jack Maunder, 8 Rus Tuima, 7 Don Armand, 6 Jannes Kirsten, 5 Sean Lonsdale, 4 Will Witty, 3 Harry Williams, 2 Jack Innard, 1 Alec Hepburn
Replacements: 16 Jack Yeandle, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Sam Nixon, 19 Ryan McCauley, 20 Christ Tshiunza, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Harvey Skinner, 23 Tom Hendrickson