Peter O'Mahony: "Leicester will be mad to get stuck into us over there"

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

Peter O'Mahony: "Leicester will be mad to get stuck into us over there"

MUNSTER captain Peter O'Mahony believes the current squad is facing into the biggest week of their European history to date.

Munster crushed Leicester 38-0 at Thomond Park on Saturday to remain top of Champions Cup Pool 1, a point ahead of second-placed Glasgow Warriors who stunned Racing 92 in Paris.

Munster renew rivalry with a smarting Leicester Tigers side in the second of their back-to-back fixtures at Welford Road this Saturday, 3.15pm. Last Saturday's bonus point win was Munster's seventh on the bounce in all competitions.

Skipper O'Mahony said: “The back-to-back games are a different animal. They are special and different in their own way. Because they come up so quickly, it probably makes the second week more difficult, especially the fact that we are going away from home now.

“We see Leicester, the club they are, the quality they have, they will be hurting after that. They will be waiting for us over there. We have to have a big week, we have to recover well, have a big training week.

“We probably need to have the biggest European week of this current team's history so far.

“Leicester will be mad to get us back over there and get stuck into us. It is a massive, massive week for the club and this group of people.

“Europe is very important to us and we have a history of making Thomond Park special and you always want to go out and honour it and honour the crowd for the effort they put in to show up and cheer us on as they always do, so it was nice to put in a good performance for them.

“We analysed them well during the week, we know Leicester with the pedigree they have, the quality of players they have in their squad. We are going to be in for a big one next week. We got the bounce of the ball a few times, we were lucky, but certainly it was a mature performance from a youngish group and when we got a bit of momentum we stayed on it.”

Munster Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus is keen to explore the possibility of retaining two-try hero from Saturday Jaco Taute beyond the end of this month, but only if the IRFU assent to his retention as Munster already have a non-Irish qualified player in Francis Saili.