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Cotter: We must stay focused on our game

VERN Cotter is convinced that his Clermont side have the ability to beat Leinster in Sunday's Heineken Cup semi-final clash in Bordeaux.

"It is not by chance that Leinster are playing their fourth consecutive European semi-final," said Clermont coach Cotter.

"They approach those games with more confidence than us.

"However, we must be confident, too. We have our weapons in the way we play and we must stay focused on what we do.

"But I see danger everywhere: defensively, they have players who can make turnovers, and they also have a lot of strength with Leo Cullen and company.

"And in offence, they have a wide variety of game plays."

Clermont centre Wesley Fofana, a breakthrough success during France's disappointing Six Nations campaign, has declared that he can be his side's secret weapon on Sunday.

Fofana scored four tries in four stunning Six Nations outings, including one against Ireland, when Brian O'Driscoll, his direct marker this weekend, was injured.

"When Joe Schmidt was coach here, I had only just arrived in the professional ranks so I'm not sure he knows my game very well," said Fofana.

"Leinster are a great team, we know them very well, but there are always places to attack them and we work hard to find faults," said Fofana.



Tuohy: We cannot slip

ULSTER second-row Dan Tuohy says beating Munster was "impressive," but believes it will be quickly forgotten if they slip up against Edinburgh in tomorrow's Heineken Cup semi-final at Lansdowne Road.

Ulster go into the contest as favourites to defeat Michael Bradley's side, but Tuohy believes the season will be deemed a failure if they lose tomorrow

"Beating Munster was impressive, yes, but I think it will count for nothing if we don't make the most of what we have done," said Tuohy.

"Nobody will be talking about us beating Munster if we don't win this weekend.

"If we beat Edinburgh and make it to the final, people will remember that cup run where we have beat Leicester and Clermont at home and Munster away. If we back it up, then it will sink in what an achievement it was."


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