Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Tigers Out For Revenge In Heineken Cup

Leicester Tigers are to face Irish side Leinster in the Quarter finals of Heineken cup following their 62-15 win over Italian side Treviso. The Tigers finished runners up in the pool behind French side Perpignan on the head to head record which now means that a tough trip to Ireland awaits.

On Sunday Richard Cockerill's men hammered bottom club Treviso in the hope of finishing top of pool five, unfortunately the Scarlets couldn't prevent Perpignan from securing a four try bonus point which left both Tigers and Perpignan on twenty-two points, due to the two results between the sides (one Perpignan win and a draw), Perpignan topped the group and with it, gained a home quarter final against Jonny Wilkinson's Toulon.

The result of final pool games means that there will be a rematch of the 2009 final where Leinster edged out the Tigers to claim their first ever European title. Leinster who topped their pool in impressive style which included a 24-8 win over French giants Clermont Auvergne, have had a brilliant couple of years in the tournament which has included a semi final appearance last season in a valiant attempt to defend their crown. Like Tigers before them, Leinster have now become a force in Europe and will be difficult to defeat especially at home. But Tigers have a history with backs to the walls wins in Ireland, in the 2006/07 season, Tigers became the first team in the Heineken cup to beat Munster at Thomond park knowing that they had to win the qualify. Two years earlier Tigers beat this year's opponents Leinster in the quarter final stage to secure another semi-final appearance.

On the news of the draw, head coach Richard Cockerill told the BBC, "The home side will be favourites to win, but on our day we are as good as any of those teams". This underlines the belief that both the team and management have in themselves, they know that they must play at their best in order to progress but they feel when the game comes along they will be up to the task.

Both teams have a winning mentality and know how to win the big games with plenty of bottle to boot. All these factors and more should result in a fantastic match come April ninth with two great teams fighting hard for a place in the last four of Europe's elite competition.   Alesana Tuilagi Brian O'Driscoll of Leinster is tackled by Alesana Tuilagi of Leicester Tigers during the Heineken Cup Final match between Leicester Tigers and Leinster at Murrayfield Stadium on May 23, 2009 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Brian O'Driscoll;Alesana Tuilagi

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