Friday 23 March 2018

Leinster warned to put the shackles on "untouchable" Michalak

Frederic Michalak
Frederic Michalak

Toulouse boss Guy Novès has warned Leinster that Toulon's enigmatic danger man Frederic Michalak is in "untouchable" form ahead of their Heineken Cup quarter-final clash this weekend.

Michalak, who picked up Europe's biggest prize with Toulon last May having already won the tournament twice with Toulouse in 2003 and 2005, scored 27 points in a 32-28 success at the Stade Felix Mayol to ensure his side head into Sunday's huge clash with Leinster on a huge high.

His performance had a huge impact on his former coach Guy Novès.

"When Fred plays like he played against us, he's untouchable," said Novès, whose Toulouse team face Munster at Thomond Park the day before Toulon entertain Leinster.

"He played a great game, just like he played the week before against Clermont. When he gets that trust, he has a big impact on the game. That's a good thing for Toulon.

"He's a player we love very much in Toulouse and I prefer to be beaten because of a former Toulouse player.''

Michalak himself has warned his team mates that they must go up a gear to beat leinster who boast a number of players who helped Ireland win the Six Nations Championship this year.

"Leinster are a huge team and we will have to raise our level of play," said Michalak.

"I'm 31 and I don't have anything to prove to anyone anymore. I just want to have fun on the pitch, to have some pleasure playing, help us have a good end to the season and to win some titles.''

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