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Leinster's Ian Madigan. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Leinster's Ian Madigan. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Leinster's Ian Madigan. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

IAN MADIGAN believes the attachment to home will outweigh the money-bags motivation of Toulon at the Stade Felix Mayol in the Heineken Cup quarter-final next Sunday.

"What we have over them is that we're playing for the club we grew up in. You saw with both sides tonight what that means," he said, after steering Leinster to victory over Munster.

"You're representing your club, where you grew up and where you come from. I would like to think that's going to give us the edge next week."

Toulon, the team of a thousand stars, is keen to put back-to-back European Cups together to match Leinster's achievements in 2011 and 2012.

"Yeah, I think when the going gets tough, away from home, when your backs are against the wall and you've got a best friend either side of you, it's going to definitely make a difference."

Leinster will have to take the passion of the Aviva Stadium on the road to the south of France, blending it with coach Matt O'Connor's cold-eyed analysis.

"As Irish men, we are very attached to the Munster-Leinster battle, whereas Matt, coming from Leicester and Australia, doesn't have that emotional attachment to it.

"He is just thinking technically how can we beat Munster. He'll be doing the exact same for Toulon. He won't be thinking this could be Drico's last Heineken Cup match or anything.

"He'll be thinking game plan."

CONFIDENCE

Madigan made a strong case for inclusion on Sunday as he steered the good ship Leinster back from a 12-3 leeway half an hour in with six from seven shots at the sticks.

"I don't think the place-kicking is a massive issue. I was golden boot winner last year in the Rabo. When I've had opportunities in big games, I've stepped up," he said.

"Obviously, I missed one kick before half-time which was very important for us. I was lucky enough to know why I missed the kick. I had a quick chat with the kicking coach (Richie Murphy) and I still had good confidence going into the second-half.

"The work-ons for me are more kicking out of hand, putting teams under pressure that way and calling the right calls at the right time."

It could just be his time.


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