Toulouse under no illusions: Kelleher

Ex All Black scrum-half Byron Kelleher who now plays for Toulouse after the New Zealand’s early exit says his team are under no illusions when it comes to the job that they have to do if they are to win the Heineken cup.

In reality no-one knows better how to win the Heineken Cup better than Toulouse who have won it three times.

Toulouse will face fellow pool six team Leinster tomorrow in what will be their 90th Heineken Cup match. The match is an away match for them but they do have a a five-point advantage at the top of Pool Six.

“We want to finish at the top of the table,” he told This is Leicestershire. “I know that after the back-to-back matches Leinster are going to have a really tough job to qualify, but we are under no illusions.

“They are a tough team and they like to play our style of rugby. They are going to be a big challenge and they will want to beat us at home.

“Toulouse like to throw the ball around and it’s great for me coming from the All Blacks to this set-up, but Leinster are capable of beating us at our own game and we need to stay very level-headed for this match.

“We are trying to build our confidence within the squad and this game means much more than simply getting the points in the bag.

“It is a big deal for a French team to pick up points away from home, and the impact of getting the bonus point at Welford Road, despite the conditions, gave us a real boost coming into the return leg in Toulouse and we are looking to build on that throughout the season.

In that match Toulouse went down to Leicester in front of a record crowd and came close to snatching a victory after a Tom Varndell mistake.

“And it was very important for us to win at home against Leicester. The weather at Welford Road made it tough for us to play the sort of game we like to and, although we adapted well, they coped with it better than we did.

“We learned some lessons that day and took them into the return leg. We decided to get up in their faces a lot more than we would normally do and it paid off.

“We are trying new things and looking far more at changing our game-plan totally in order to meet the opposition’s strengths.

“Having such a quality squad is allowing us to put out whatever team is needed and it’s a great position to be in.”   

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