Allen: We can win without Manu

Tigers have enough strength in depth to beat Sarries says centre

Last Updated: 27/05/11 2:01pm

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Allen will be partnered by Matt Smith in Saturday's final

Allen will be partnered by Matt Smith in Saturday's final

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Although the loss of Manu Tuilagi is a blow it will not harm Leicester's bid to be crowned Premiership champions, according to centre Anthony Allen.

The Tigers take on Saracens in Saturday's Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham without the powerful centre, following his suspension for a violent attack on England star Chris Ashton.

Tuilagi was handed a five-week ban for punching the Northampton winger three times in the face during Leicester's semi-final victory over the Saints a fortnight ago.

But Allen, who together with the 19-year-old has formed arguably the strongest midfield combination in the top flight this season, is confident of his squad's strength in depth.

"Manu has played very well for us this year and he is a great prospect for us for the future," he said.

Massive threat

"He is a massive threat to defences which opens things up for me a bit. But we have a strong squad here and all the guys here are capable of doing the job when called upon."
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"We complement each other very well, he is a massive threat to defences which opens things up for me a bit. He has the natural ability and is very good at what he does.

"But we have a strong squad here and all the guys here are capable of doing the job when called upon."

Allen was part of the Tigers side who beat Saracens in last year's dramatic final but, after losing twice to the London club this season, he is expecting another nail-biter at headquarters.

"Sarries have showed that they are a good group and they will be again in the final," he continued.

"They also beat us at home last year before the final. We were slightly off that day, we were at the top of the table and we weren't quite right mentally.

"But come the final it's a different story as we have shown the last few years. Last year it came down to the end and hopefully we can pull out the goods again."

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