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Published: 13:33 | 6/12/17

Leicester won't fear fortress Thomond, says O'Mahony


Leicester Tigers won't fear Thomond Park when they face Munster this weekend in the Champions Cup according to Munster captain Peter O'Mahony.

Munster hammered Leicester 38-0 at the Limerick venue in the pool stages of the competition last year, but O'Mahony feels that carries little weight or significance heading into the renewal of their rivalry this weekend, a game which is live on BT Sport 2 on Saturday, kick-off 19:45.

"Saturday’s massive. It’s like a mini-competition within the pool, the back-to-back fixtures. They are very unique. Outside of international rugby, you rarely play someone back to back like this," said O'Mahony.

"It’s always an interesting one, the history we have with Leicester. We have had a couple of incredible game with this, a lot of history. I wouldn’t expect anything other than a huge test this weekend.

"They are the only club to have come to Thomond Park and won twice. They won’t have any fear of coming to Thomond Park at the weekend. We have got to do our homework on them, we have got to get ourselves right for it.  

"It [Last season at Thomond Park] probably means more to them than it does to us, we’re a long way down the track. Obviously, they will look back and say they don’t want to that happen again, but to be fair it’s probably wrong for me to say that as well, they’re a different bunch even if they have a lot of the same players that were there.

"A lot has happened since then and most clubs don’t look back anyway.

"You have got to be looking forward and a team of Leicester’s quality and standard and the standards that they drive are very high, they’re not going to be looking back on that.

"They will review the game from last weekend and they will want to make improvements and come to Thomond Park and beat us; that’s their mindset."

The third round of the European Rugby Champions Cup takes place this weekend, and you can watch the best of the action on BT Sport 2 on the eir Sport package. On Saturday, 9 December, Munster take on Premiership side Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park on BT Sport 2 [kick off 7.45pm]. On Sunday, 10 December, Harlequins host Ulster [BT Sport 3 kick-off 1pm], while Top 14 side La Rochelle meet Wasps at the same time [BT Sport2, kick-off 1pm]. Later in the day, Premiership side Saracens host Top 14 side Clermont on BT Sport 2 [kick-off 3.15pm], and Premiership side Exeter Chiefs meet Leinster [BT Sport 2, kick-off 5.30pm]

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