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Confident Corry happy with Heineken form

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Tigers captain Martin Corry knows his side face a huge task when they travel to Limerick to face Munster on Saturday evening. He also knows that every single member of the squad is looking forward to the challenge ahead.

Having lost their opening Pool Four fixture to the same opponents, Tigers came through a series of crucial European matches to ensure they remain in contention going into the final weekend of the group stages.

"We hoped after that early defeat we would come to this game with everything riding on it. We said after we lost to Munster that we've got to go the remaining pool games unbeaten," said Corry. "We go to Thomond Park now and nothing's changed."

Although Saturday has loomed large on the horizon ever since the Heineken Cup draw was made last summer, Tigers have kept their focus on one game at a time - an attitude that has seen Leicester record European doubles over both Bourgoin and Cardiff Blues.

"I'm immensely proud of the squad. There was a danger that everyone would be focusing on the Munster game and wouldn't realise how big the Cardiff and Bourgoin games, especially away from home, actually were. Along with shutting Cardiff out last week, I think they were really big statements that the players made. To be a part of that gives me a huge amount of pride and a huge amount of satisfaction."

Corry was particularly pleased with the manner in which Tigers destroyed the Blues last Saturday, something which he hopes will stand them in good stead for the trip to Ireland.

"I'm taking a huge amount of satisfaction from how we played the whole way through the match against Cardiff. We started off really well which I think is important. That's when we're at our best and what we've got to do against Munster is start exactly the way we did against Cardiff. The scores didn't really come in the middle part of the game, but everyone stuck to the task and had the confidence not to move away from our game plan. We chucked a couple of loose passes but once we reigned those in, we focused on our game and knew that the scores would come in the end. Eventually we wore them down again and we got scores late on."

That patience, intensity and confidence is definitely something Corry hopes his team will take into the match against the current Heineken Cup champions.

"First off, we need to have the ball. When we played at London Irish, we didn't have the ball for the first five minutes and we let in a soft try. If we can get out, dominate the ball and get on the front foot then that's when we feel we're at our best. It's about everyone turning up and everyone playing to the best of their ability. Put that in the mix with how we want to play as a team and we could be in for a very exciting day."