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Preview: Leicester Tigers vs. Harlequins

Preview: Leicester vs. Quins
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Sports Mole previews Saturday's Aviva Premiership semi-final between Leicester Tigers and champions Harlequins at Welford Road.

The Aviva Premiership semi-finals get underway at Welford Road on Saturday as Leicester Tigers take on reigning champions Harlequins in a repeat of last year's final.

Leicester have an impressive record at this stage of the season, winning all eight of their previous appearances.

Their last defeat at home in a semi-final of any type came against Gloucester Rugby 15 years ago.

Meanwhile, Quins come into the match on the back of three successive wins and have already beaten their opponents twice in the league during the current campaign.

The big team news is that captain Chris Robshaw misses out for the visitors with an ankle injury, while Maurie Fa'asavalu and Joe Gray are included by director of rugby Conor O'Shea.

Mathew Tait and Dan Cole both start for the Tigers after coming off the bench during last weekend's victory over London Irish.

Recent form

Leicester: WWLWLW

Harlequins: LLLWWW

Lineups

Leicester: Tait, Morris, Tuilagi, Allen, Vereniki, Goneva, Flood, B Youngs, Mulipola, T Youngs, Cole, Kitchener, Parling, Croft, Salvi, Crane
Replacements: Hawkins, Balmain, Castrogiovanni, Mafi, Waldrom, Harrison, Ford, Smith

Harlequins: Brown, Williams, Lowe, Casson, Monye, Evans, Care, Marler, Gray, Johnston, Kohn Robson, Fa'asavalu, Wallace, Easter
Replacements: Buchanan, Lambert, Collier, Matthews, Guest, Dickson, Botica, Chisholm

Sports Mole says: Leicester to reach the final

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