Sunday 22 April 2018

Lansdowne roar is key to taming Tigers -- Schmidt

Hugh Farrelly

Joe Schmidt has called on the home crowd to "exert pressure" when Leinster square up to Leicester Tigers in tomorrow's sold-out Heineken Cup quarter-final at Lansdowne Road.

Leinster go into the clash on the back of a narrow defeat in Limerick and their coach is banking on their supporters having as profound an influence as the Munster fans did at Thomond Park last Saturday.

"I hope so, if you can get them to exert a little bit of pressure," said Schmidt. "I felt the crowd did a great job in Limerick. There was certainly a lot of pressure, not all of it positive, obviously. There was some very vocal pressure at the end of the first half when the referee was walking off, and I think inevitably everyone is human and pressure can tell on anyone."

Schmidt has identified discipline as an area Leinster have to focus on if they are to beat the Tigers.

"I certainly think we'll get a more even balance this week and at the same time we've got to not allow Leicester get that momentum," said Schmidt. "The key for us is to try to get our rhythm back after just one game together since the Six Nations."

Schmidt expects flanker Shane Jennings to be available following his "knee niggle" problems, while Leicester are confident England second-row Louis Deacon will be fit.

Irish Independent

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