Hook takes aim at the Tigers

Fresh from another match-winning performance for the Ospreys, Wales star James Hook is confident that his side can turn over the Leicester Tigers in the Final of the EDF Energy Cup at Twickenham on Sunday.

Hook provided 15 of their 20 points as the Ospreys dispatched Munster in Swansea on Good Friday, and is adamant that the Welsh region can frustrate the English side’s hunt of an unprecedented treble comprising the Energy Cup, Heineken Cup and Guinness Premiership titles.

The 21-year-old has yet to lace his boots in anger at Twickenham and is looking forward to the trip across the Severn at the head of a convoy of 70 bus-loads of fans.

“It’s going to be exciting – a lot of the boys haven’t played there, but we are playing well,” Hook told the Western Mail.

“It’s not far off being a full house and the atmosphere is going to be electric.

“We’ve sold a lot of tickets, which just shows the ambition of the fans and the type of rugby we have been playing.

“The fans just want to watch us and, if they get right behind us, it’s going to be great.”

Hook is wary of Leicester’s formidable form, but is confident that his side will be able to set the tempo at Twickenham.

“We have just got to concentrate on our game as we have been doing all season – we hope to grind out a win,” he said.

“It would be great for Wales, especially for the fans who are going to turn up in their thousands.

“We’ve had a good run of wins and there’s plenty of confidence in the side. We can’t wait for it really.

“We know exactly what style we want to play and we’ll take them on in confident mood.”
365 Digital

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