Saturday 17 November 2018

We must not be scared of Leinster, warns Toulouse boss

Toulouse will wonder how they managed to escape from Bath with a precious victory, but, as it is, they will welcome Leinster to the Stade Ernest Wallon full of confidence. (stock picture)
Toulouse will wonder how they managed to escape from Bath with a precious victory, but, as it is, they will welcome Leinster to the Stade Ernest Wallon full of confidence. (stock picture)
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Toulouse will wonder how they managed to escape from Bath with a precious victory, but, as it is, they will welcome Leinster to the Stade Ernest Wallon full of confidence.

Freddie Burns' two howlers, as well as Maxime Medard's never-say-die attitude, has perfectly set up this weekend's clash of Europe's two most successful clubs.

Toulouse might not be the force they once were, yet they showed flashes of their brilliance which will have Leinster on high alert.

"Above all, when you look at Leinster's results over recent seasons, they are the top team in this competition and the best side in Europe in the PRO14 format, and their Irish team is one which has adapted to his competition," The French side's head coach Ugo Mola said.

"We could be scared but we can also tell ourselves that it will be a great experience and a wonderful game. There is no reason for us not to be excited about facing Leinster."

Hooker Julien Marchand echoed his boss' sentiments by adding: "Obviously there will be huge pressure since we're hosting the champions, so you always have to make a good impression. We know every point will matter."

Irish Independent

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