Leicester Tigers, are, I think, going to get relegated from the Premiership this season. There, I said it. If so, it would be the highest profile relegation in the leagues history. It is, of course, absurdly early in the season to be making such claims, but Leicester look absolutely devoid of inspiration, and, ultimately, quality players don’t win games unless they’re playing well.
The Tigers have won just once this season, they and Wasps sit at the de-facto base of the table, for whilst Saracens may be on -18 points still, they are marching ominously onwards and look certain to make up that ground.
Personally, things look far more insipid at Leicester than Wasps, and so I cannot see them finding a way out of their current malaise. “Wasps or Leicester, one of those two goes down,” said Will Greenwood this week, and I cannot help but feel it his is old club who are more likely. What a story that would be.
Greenwood went on,”if Eddie keeps picking the Leicester lot and they have one eye on the Six Nations, I think Leicester are in trouble… London Irish have got a proper pack, Stephen Myler kicks everything…and they have a dig. Worcester can play one or two different ways and they’ve got a proper side.”
Both Worcester and Irish have beaten Leicester already this season, comprehensively too. Irish’s recent 36-11 victory felt like an early nail in the coffin, confirming what many had failed to accept after the 24-16 defeat at Worcester on the first day of the season – that Leicester are a team that are in serious trouble. They may have far less distinguished personnel, but both London Irish and Worcester are playing with verve and aggression and desire – all things currently absent from Leicester’s game.
The Tigers have three difficult fixtures on the horizon, with a trip to the Stoop sandwiched between home matches against the visiting Exeter and Bristol. Fail to get anything from these three games, which, on current form, will be a challenge, and suddenly Leicesters position looks even more precarious.
They can still turn it around, but Leicester are in serious, serious trouble. Don’t underestimate relegation’s threat.