Leicester Tigers: Julian Salvi says hard preparation is done

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Rest is vital for final push - Salvi

Leicester Tigers flanker Julian Salvi says rest and recuperation will be a vital part of their preparation for the Premiership final against Northampton.

Tigers brushed aside reigning champions Harlequins at Welford Road on Saturday to set up a fascinating game with their East Midlands rivals on 25 May.

Salvi told BBC East Midlands Today: "We have done all the hard work over nine or 10 months.

"It is more about freshening and making sure everyone is right for the final."

Tigers were second best against Quins before the interval but a classy second-half display saw them win at a canter.

Salvi, who joined Tigers in 2011, added: "We were disappointed with what we did in the first half.

"We had opportunities we should have finished off but they came at us, controlled the ball and made us work hard.

"We were able to get a lucky score just before half-time which probably killed them in the end.

"It was massive to be in the lead and from there we controlled the game and played some really enterprising rugby in the second half. We threw the ball around and scored some good tries.

"That second half showed what we are capable of doing. Hopefully we can bring that same mentality and attitude to Twickenham."

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