Premiership: ‘The only week that matters is the one you’re in’ says Leicester Tigers boss Steve Borthwick

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Leicester Tigers head coach Steve Borthwick refused to get carried away after his side finished top of the Premiership standings at the end of the regular season.

Since taking over in 2020, Borthwick has led Leicester to an impressive resurgence, earning his side their first top of the table finish since 2011.

Stay focussed

The Tigers face Northampton in the semi-finals and are looking to stay focused and not get carried away after a solid season thus far.

“I don’t look back very often and I don’t look too far forward,” said Borthwick.

“The only week that matters is the week you’re in and I know that mantra can sometimes seem a bit trite or tedious but for me it’s what we’ve done.

“Clearly I’ve got an eye on the bigger picture, I’ve got an eye on where we’re trying to head to and clearly there is a plan.

“But when we’re in a week, all that matters is that week, all that matters is that game and let’s try and get better for that game.

“There is plenty for us to improve upon. We’re still very early in the journey.”

The club only avoided relegation two years ago due to the Saracens saga that ended up with points being deducted from the London club.

“You’re talking about a club here that very nearly got relegated two years ago,” continued Borthwick.

“A club that wasn’t really respected, was losing most games and the only big games we were involved in were relegation contests.

“To come back from that, every game is important, every week is important. Can we get better every week? And that’s the challenge again this week.

“One of the exciting things is there is so much more for us to do and so much more we as a coaching team and players can work towards here.

“The team has a lot of growth in it, it’s a young team, and it’s learning quickly from experiences.”

Leicester captain Ellis Genge will be leaving the club to rejoin his former side Bristol and is looking to “empty the tank” in his final stint at the Tigers.

“You’ve got to beat the drum when the time is right, you don’t want to do it early in the week because you’ve got to get your detail down first,” said Genge.

“If you start going nuts and spitting flames then you’re not going to learn much during the week so you’ve got to wait till Friday, Saturday for the ‘Any Given Sunday’ speeches.

“But there’s a time and place for them and they’ll definitely come.

“I just want to completely empty the tank for the supporters who have been there throughout.”

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