Tigers expect ‘fully physical’ Munster

Date published: December 10 2015

Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill won't be writing off Irish giants Munster ahead of the two sides' European double header.

Cockerill failed to understand the negativity around Anthony Foley's squad when he addressed the media earlier this week.

Munster, two-time winners in Europe just like Leicester, had their second Champions Cup match of the season against Stade Français postponed following a bonus-point opening win over Treviso.

Cockerill expects Thomond Park to be as imposing as ever for what is an in-form Leicester side, with seven wins out of eight in all competitions so far this season.

“I don’t know what the downer is on Munster at the moment,” said Cockerill in the Irish Examiner.

“They have a very good squad, play some very good rugby and sit healthily in the league.

“If they had played the Stade Français game [which was postponed due to the terrorist attacks in Paris] and won we would be talking differently. They will be treated with full respect as they should be.

“That Connacht game was probably a one-off, and they sent a mixed team to Newport. But their European pedigree speaks for itself.

“They need a big game and Leicester are coming to town so I have no doubt they will bring their full physicality, and it will be a full Munster occasion.”