Leicester work on how to handle Carter

Date published: April 19 2016

Leicester boss Richard Cockerill and the rest of his coaching staff are putting plans in place to shackle Racing 92 star Dan Carter this Sunday in the Champions Cup semi-final.

Carter and Racing will travel to Nottingham to face the two-time champions as the only non-English club left in the competition.

The reigning World Player of the Year naturally attracts plenty of attention but Cockerill is wary enough to know that focusing just on Carter could leave Leicester exposed elsewhere.

"We want to get on the front foot of course but let's not be too disrespectful to Dan Carter, he's played a lot of rugby at the highest level," Cockerill told the Press Association.

"He's not particularly shy physically is he?

"I'm sure there's lots of teams and players around the world over the last decade that have tried to run over him, and he's managed that pretty well most of the time.

"So we've got our plan to go into the game with.

"Clearly Carter's a very important player for them, but I think it's a little bit naive to say we'll target Dan Carter and put him off his game, because there's a lot of people who've said that in the last decade or so.

"We're going to play our game, we know how we want to play and what we want to do. Whether we're good enough to do that against a quality team, we'll see."

Leicester feel they have an ace up their sleeve however with Aaron Mauger on their coaching staff, Carter's former team-mate with both the Crusaders and New Zealand.

"I think Aaron understands how Dan Carter plays and what he wants from his team, both in attack and defence," Cockerill added.

"So that's obviously helpful, but in the heat of battle on Sunday afternoon that all goes out the window.

"It's about making sure we manage the game physically against a very good side. This will be a completely different level from playing Stade, for obvious reasons.

"They've got quality right throughout the team, and if you concentrate too much on Dan Carter they will hurt you somewhere else.

"We know we have to get it right on Sunday if we're going to win, but in a one-off game as close to home as we probably could have got it, we back ourselves to win. We've earned the right to come this close so we want to give it the best shot for obvious reasons."