Crane eyes European response

Date published: January 12 2015

Leicester number eight Jordan Crane has assured the club’s fans that they will cut out the errors when they take on the Scarlets on Friday.

A 32-12 Premiership loss at Harlequins was not ideal preparation for the Tigers to carry into a critical fortnight of Champions Cup action.

But back-row Crane believes their form can return to its best if they can iron out inaccuracies, which he feels is likely at Welford Road.

“The way we were playing at the start of the season was not the way that the boys wanted to play, and the boys were not enjoying it,” he told the Leicester Mercury.

“Now, we are doing the right stuff and, if we can tidy up the inaccuracies, we would be doing all right.

“If we were to take positives out of it, it is the way we are playing now, instead of just kicking the ball and getting a good line.

“The last three weeks we have played attacking rugby with ball in hand but, if we are going to play that way, we have to be more accurate.

“We threw everything at them but the story of the day was our inaccuracies at crucial moments. We had possession in their 22 and the chance to get down there and put some pressure on and get a score, but we were just inaccurate.”

He added: “It’s frustrating and we have to look at ourselves first and foremost. We are the only guys who can sort that out.

“If we can play like we have done in the last three weeks, we will be there or thereabouts.

“We had a chance to put some pressure on the top two and we missed it. We have to take them when they are on offer.”

Leicester know they are not yet out of the Champions Cup knockout race, with wins against the Scarlets and Ulster possibly giving them a route into the last eight.

“The Scarlets game is massive. We are not out of it,” said Crane.

“If we go hard at it against the Scarlets and then hard against Ulster, we can see what comes of it.

“If you don’t get through, two good wins in Europe will be good for us going forward.”