Heineken Cup: Leicester Tigers' Toby Flood issues warning to Treviso

Last Updated: 15/10/13 6:17pm

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Natalie Sawyer speaks to Toby Flood ahead of Leicester's game with Treviso.

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Leicester Tigers fly-half Toby Flood has warned Italian club Treviso that the Aviva Premiership giants are gunning for maximum points when the pair meet in the Heineken Cup this weekend.

The Tigers are looking to return to winning ways in Pool 5 on Friday night after losing their opening group game to Ulster 22-16 in Belfast last week.

Leicester were boosted by the fact they emerged from last Friday's clash with a losing bonus point and Flood insists that backing that up with a five-point victory at home is key.

"It feels nice to have left Belfast with our heads slightly higher than normal. The last couple of times we've been there we've been thrashed," he told Sky Sports. "So it's nice to leave with that point.

"We have the opportunity to break Treviso this weekend and sit somewhere in the pool that allows us to move forward.

"There's always the feeling you need to take as much as you can from this game, but the last couple of times we've played them they've been incredibly tough to break down. We only scored a couple of tries when we were away last time.

Hard to beat

"They are a dogged side, a side that are hard to beat. You only have to look at the fact they beat Munster, they pushed Ospreys fairly close to know they are a real team to worry about.

"We'll probably go out there with the mind-set of winning the game first and obviously if things arrive and we have the opportunity to then take those points we will do."

Flood will be vying with the likes of Freddie Burns and Owen Farrell for England's number 10 jersey in the Autumn internationals and the 28-year-old knows he needs to be playing well to get the nod from Stuart Lancaster.

"It's as difficult a job as there is really," he continued, "It's about playing well and managing my performances at Leicester and then allowing what is ultimately not my decision to be made and hopefully in my favour.

"So really It's about getting as much as I can from the next couple of games. We've probably got one more game until we go into camp and then it's about trying to perform then.

"Freddie Burns and Owen Farrell are stiff competition. Getting that shirt is a tough ask."

French connection?

"There's always the feeling you need to take as much as you can from this game, but the last couple of times we've played them they've been incredibly tough to break down."
Flood on Treviso

Flood is out of contact at the end of the season and has been linked with French Top 14 clubs Clermont Auvergne, Toulon and Toulouse, however he is focusing on performing his best for the Tigers.

The former Newcastle Falcons man has always held negotiations in the New Year and says this season is no different despite the increased speculation.

"The weather is better there (in France) than here at the moment, it's freezing outside. At the moment it's about playing rugby as best I can and trying to get my head down and make sure Leicester have a good season.

"I don't really do contract negotiations until January time and let the season pan out a bit. I've always done that and things haven't changed here so that's just the way I am.

"With the speculation, with this whole France thing on the horizon and all those things which have probably risen up over the last few years it means contracts are a little more looked at.

"I manage the speculation as best I can, but ultimately it's about trying to get things done here and I'll make that decision later on."

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