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Tatafu: It will be a different story on Sunday in Leicester

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Tatafu Polota-Nau insists it will be a "different story" on Sunday afternoon at Welford Road when Racing 92 arrive in Leicester for the Heineken Champions Cup clash with Tigers in Round 4 of this season's European competition.

The Australia international started at hooker in last weekend's clash between the two sides in Paris and echoed the thoughts of his team mates and head coach Geordan Murphy in expressing his pride in the group for their effort against last season's runners up and response following a 31-point loss a week earlier away to Bristol.

"It was my first game in the snow and crikey, struth I will tell you what ... I had to jacuzzi my feet to make sure I didn't get frostbite!"

Tatafu Polota-Nau

The 33-year-old did however point out that the group was "disappointed" in not getting a result and pointed to the side's discipline as an area in need of improvement.

"We were all proud of how we responded as a group, which was really pleasing but ultimately we were disappointed not to get the result," he said.

"Our biggest issue was discipline and we need to sort that out."

The 89 Test veteran for Australia has also called on he and his team mates to trust more in their defensive system, admitting that not doing so had cost "soft" points against them at the Paris La Defense Arena.

"Their tries came through our mistakes," Polota-Nau said.

"We need to trust in our defensive system and not allow for soft tries against us."

This weekend's return fixture presents a drastically different arena for the action to take place in, with last weekend's modern stadium a long way from the traditional Welford Road in look and pitch.

No roof also exposes both sides to the elements, which the Tigers hooker says can work in favour of Leicester.

"It will be a different story this week, they haven't exposed themselves to the elements as much this season," he said.

One element that the teams were met with in last season's Champions Cup clash is snow and doubled as a first for Polota-Nau in playing in the freezing cold conditions not long after his arrival in Leicester.

"I remember it well, it was my first game in the snow and crikey, struth I will tell you what ... I had to jacuzzi my feet afterwards to make sure I didn't get frostbite!"

For the record, Tatafu, snow has not been predicted this Sunday but the jacuzzi will be at the ready.