Leeds Carnegie head coach James Lowes concedes his side are underdogs against London Welsh but that they have the measure of the men from the capital.
Leeds lost both games to the team relegated from the Premiership last term, and on each occasion they left the field aggrieved that victory had slipped from their grasp.
As the race for the Premiership reaches a crucial phase, Lowes said: “They finished higher than us in the league, they beat us twice – why wouldn’t you make them favourites?
“As we know, anyone who is the favourite has slightly more pressure on them. We don’t mind the underdogs tag at all. It’s what you feel in camp rather than what people think externally.”
After finishing second, Welsh got to pick where the first and second semi-final legs were played but Lowes admits he is happy to be at home first.
“I think playing at home, whatever the sport, there’s slightly more pressure on you and you find that teams when they’re away, relax a little more,” he said. “I feel if we can get a good performance here, be strong at Headingley, then we’ll be slightly more relaxed for the away leg.”