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Mullan ready for Tigers test

By Geoff Berkeley 24/04 Updated: 25/04 13:58

Buy photos » Matt Mullan is looking forward to going head to head with Leicester Tigers tonight. Picture by Ian Smith.

WORCESTER Warriors star prop Matt Mullan insists he and the club will be out to prove doubters wrong when they face title contenders Leicester Tigers at Welford Road tonight (Friday, 7.45pm).

After suffering a 32-13 defeat at home to the Tigers in December, the 25-year-old is expecting a close encounter this time around and believes they have got what it takes to rise to the challenge.

"We are not really expected to go there and get the result," Mullan said.

"It is just a question of us playing for ourselves really and trying to show everyone else at Welford Road and on TV that we are better than people think we are."

"We have spoken this week about trying to make amends to that result and prove to ourselves as a group of players that we are better than the previous time we played them and we can give them a run for their money."

The prop will start in the front row, as Richard Hill makes two changes which sees Matt Kvesic coming in at flanker, following Jake Abbott's ankle injury, while Blair Cowan replaces Kai Horstmann at number eight.

Mullan, who missed out on being included in Stuart Lancaster's new-look national side for the RBS Six Nations, will also have a personal battle to settle as he goes head to head with England tighthead prop Dan Cole.

"It's always a great challenge to face a side like Leicester," he added.

"Regardless of external selection whenever you are playing you want to play better than your opposite number. When you look at it and think Dan Cole has just come back from the Six Nations, you will be able to test yourself against a current international. I think it is a good yardstick for me to play against him."

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