The tamest salvos of this year’s Heineken Cup are being fired by Leicester Tiger captain Martin Johnson in an effort perhaps to shift the favourites mantle off his side’s shoulders.
Munster are a great side, said the Leicester Tigers captain. ” They have a solid and uncompromising pack of forwards but I don’t think their back line is given the credit it deserves – and that could be dangerous, said two-times Lions captain Johnson. No doubt about it, this is going to be far from easy.
And with Munster arriving in the final after beating Castres Olympique in the Beziers semi-final, Johnson added: Wins on French soil do not come easily, or very often, and, when they do, you have to take notice of them. We will be facing Munster after a win like that and their confidence will not have been harmed in the slightest.
Johnson’s boss, Dean Richards, the Tigers team manager weighs in with we have not come across them in any competition and because of that there will be a certain amount of trepidation on our part.”
They have strengths in some areas that we do not have – and vice versa. In some respects they are a side we will fear.
Munster captain Mick Galwey once will look to the stands for inspiration.
The Millennium Stadium is one hell of a place to play and the atmosphere on the day should be unbelievable. Our supporters are simply magnificent and we are so grateful for the lift they give us. No matter where we go to play they are there in their numbers.”
And we need them again on Saturday because Leicester’s record speaks for itself – they are a side who know all about what it takes to win this tournament.