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Cockerill ready for crunch clash

January 17, 2013 12:02:59 UK

Leicester Tigers' director of rugby Richard Cockerill insists they are ready to do battle with Toulouse in their Heineken Cup winner-takes-all clash.

Manu Tuilagi could miss this weekend's game.

Should the Tigers overcome the French side, Leicester will qualify for the quarter-finals. However, the Midlands outfit are unlikely to secure a home game in the last eight as the most points they can accrue is 21.

But Cockerill is confident that they are well-prepared for this titanic encounter between two of Europe's biggest clubs. Leicester are 1.001 to win the game while Toulouse can be backed at 1.001.

Cockerill said: "We have Toulouse at home, we've already sold out and it is winner-takes-all. It's where we wanted to be at the start of the pool and it's a very, very tough group. If we win at the weekend we will top the group and qualify, and we'll go away somewhere.

"We wanted to win against the Ospreys because that would have given us a chance of being at home, but looking at the other scores and pools, even if we had won on Sunday and won against Toulouse, we might have been away from home anyway."

Leicester have concerns over the fitness of Manu Tuilagi who went off against the Welsh region with a calf injury. With or without his England centre, Cockerill is adamant that the players have to improve significantly for the visit of Toulouse.

"We've got to play better," he added. "We didn't play well enough last weekend, we've got a few issues to sort out and we've got a few problems to iron out in attack."

Leicester are 67.00 to win this season's Heineken Cup while Toulouse are available at 67.00.

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