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Corry aware of challenge ahead

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With the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Stade Francais now less than 24 hours away, Martin Corry and his Tigers team-mates need no reminding as to the importance of the last-eight clash with Fabien Galthie's star-studded side.

"We're very aware that these games make or break our season," says Corry. "If we don't perform in these big games, we know everyone will be saying that this has been a terrible year for Leicester Tigers. We're talking about performing in one-off games now. Almost every game left this season will determine whether this year has been a success or a failure and we're determined to ensure it's a success."

Tigers may have missed out on silverware in recent seasons but Corry believes his side have what it takes to end that barren run. He is acutely aware, however, that nothing short of a top-quality performance on Sunday will be enough to keep their European dreams alive. 

"What's gone on in the past has happened and we can't change that. What we can do is learn some of those lessons and make sure we don't make the same mistakes. It's now a case of going out and performing. What went on under Johnno were fantastic times but that's gone now. We accept that and we know what's its all about now. We'll be looking to put something in the trophy cabinet. We want something to show for all the hard work we've put in over recent years.

"We did enough to win (against Sale Sharks) last Saturday but we know we have to step up another level or two if we're to get through this weekend. Stade have already beaten us at Welford Road so we know how dangerous they can be. We've got to make sure that, one to 15, we out-play our opposite numbers. Every area of the team has to perform to the best of its ability. When you're playing against a team like Stade Francais, you can't afford to think of anything other than doing what you need to do to get a win on the day."