MUNSTER prop Dave Kilcoyne expects a smarting Leicester side to come out with a ‘massive edge to their performance’ in Saturday’s crucial Champions Cup clash at Welford Road this Saturday, 3.15pm.
Munster would take a big step towards qualifying for the knock-out stages of Europe’s premier club rugby competition for the first time in three seasons if they can complete a home-and-away double over the Tigers.
Munster thumped Leicester 38-0 at Thomond Park last weekend and are bidding to become the first team to score a home-and-away double over the Premiership side since the back-to-back fixture format was introduced in 1999-2000.
Dave Kilcoyne said: “They’re (Leicester) obviously bitterly disappointed with how they played last week. Thomond Park is a hard place to play. They have a lot of internationals coming back.
“They are a club steeped in tradition, especially in Europe, not too dis-similar to ourselves. They will come out with a massive edge to their performance, especially in the first 20 minutes. I’d say it will be brutal. That’s pretty much it.
“It’s hard to look back at a game over there last season and wonder where you went right or wrong. We’ll take confidence from how we’re playing and particularly how we played against them at the weekend. But we know there are areas we can be a lot better and efficient in.
“We will look to improve upon those this week. We are not going over to absorb this onslaught for 20 minutes. We are going out there to win again.
“We are confident but we’re not falling in love with ourselves. There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. We trained very hard this week. We front-loaded the week, Monday to Wednesday. Wednesday was our D-Day. Jacques’ (Nienaber) personality filters through, he is vibrant and energetic and that is what our sessions are like. We feed off each other.”