Guirado wary of Tigers threat

Date published: December 4 2014

Two-time defending champions Toulon face a tricky away game at Leicester in the third round of action in the European Rugby Champions Cup this weekend.

Toulon warmed up for the Tigers clash in Pool Three by beating Clermont to move back atop the highly competitive Top 14 table.

“This weekend it’ll be the same level as Clermont if not more against Leicester at their ground,” said Toulon hooker Guilhem Guirado.

“We’re preparing for a massive game which will be decisive for Champions Cup qualification.

“They’re a team based around a strong forwards game. In the backline they have a lot of power and speed.

“They remain a very English team, strong on the basics.”

Toulon will likely leave out Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny,with Argentina’s Nicolas Sanchez taking over the fly-half role in the absence through injury of Australian duo Matt Giteau (groin) and James O’Connor (wrist).

Two-time European champions Leicester (2001, 2002) will join the elite trio of fellow former winners Leinster, Munster and Toulouse in hitting the one million home attendance mark in their 61st match at Welford Road on Sunday since making their debut in the 1996/97 season.

Tigers flanker Jamie Gibson believes the weekend’s game didn’t get any bigger.

“Playing against Clermont and Montpellier last year were a couple of huge games and Toulon are one of the best teams in Europe over the last few years,” said Gibson.

“You can’t play bigger games at club level. I can’t wait.”