Tigers face Toulouse in a buoyant mood

Leicester Tigers will face Toulouse in their third Heineken Cup game at Welford Road on Saturday this week at 3.30 and head coach Marcelo Loffreda insists that, “It will be a massive test of the players’ mental strength and attitude”.

Loffreda says the Tigers are in a buoyant mood after beating Sale Sharks 32-8 to earn an EDF Energy Cup last-four spot which secured them one Semi-final place out of their intended three.

“We have won the last three games in league and cups, and I think we are improving with each game,” said This is Leicestershire.

“We had a disappointing start in the Heineken Cup because we did not play well against Leinster. But I was really impressed with the performance a week later against Edinburgh.

“We played tactically well, we did very well in defence, we had a very high tackle count and we never allowed them to get forward.

“We kept them out and we were able to score when we got close to their goal-line.

“Now we know playing Toulouse home and away will be a big challenge and they are very important games.

“It is exciting for me to be involved in the Heineken Cup. It is a top-quality competition, as I have already seen from our last two games.

“Toulouse have a squad of international players and it is good for us to go into the games with some good form, though each game is a different story.

“We know that we are going to need a very high level. We will have to work very hard as the games against Toulouse will be massive tests of the mental strength and attitude of the players.” he added.

Tigers centre Ollie Smith added: “We are in a very tough group but to win European titles you have to beat all the best teams.”



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