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We have learnt lessons of last-four loss to Leinster, warns Parra

France scrum-half Morgan Parra says that Clermont Auvergne have been working overtime in the video analysis room in a bid to ensure they don't get caught by Munster in Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final.

Last year's 19-15 semi-final loss to Leinster in Bordeaux remains a painful memory for everybody at Clermont Auvergne, and 24-year-old Grand Slam winner Parra said they were leaving nothing to chance this time round.

"We watched them against Harlequins but they're a team we know already. They play a typical Irish game – a challenging style, where they try to break the opponent over several phases of play," said Parra, who played for Bourgoin against Munster six years ago as a teenager.

"They're a team that are very strong when they keep the ball and they don't expose themselves too much in their own half.

"We've been warned and I think we have one or two more days of video analysis so that by Friday we'll have no doubt about how we'll set up and that by Saturday we can put in a big performance."

His club is littered with a history of disappointments – they lost 10 finals before they finally won the Top 14 three years ago – and last season was the first time they got past the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup in four attempts, only to leave it behind them against Leinster.

"Last year we learnt a lot and now we hope that we won't fall into the same problems we had against Leinster, a bit of timidity and maybe a lack of lucidity at times."

Injuries and a wealth of talent at out-half means that Parra (right) has a selection of quality No 10s to partner, but he believes that they have threats all over the pitch and that they are maturing as a team.

He cites former All Black wing Sitiveni Sivivatu as a player who presents an even bigger threat to the opposition than last season.

"I think he took a year to get his bearings here with the squad and the way we work. We learnt along with him the way he plays. Now he's enjoying himself on the pitch and we're able to find him easily. We know he works on the pitch. He's someone with a lot of experience who brings a lot," added Parra.

He said that he has come up against Conor Murray on the international scene and rates the Irish scrum-half highly.

"He's got a big physique, he carries the ball a lot around the ruck, and he relies a lot on his kicking game.

"I think even though we talk about O'Gara and his great kicking game, nowadays he leaves it to Murray more behind the ruck. So I think our wings are going to be bombarded by high balls, but they're going to work on that this week."

Irish Independent