Heineken Cup: Harlequins' Ugo Monye is relishing the clash with Munster

Last Updated: 04/04/13 7:57am

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Ugo Monye: Ready for the clash with Munster on Sunday

Ugo Monye: Ready for the clash with Munster on Sunday

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Winger Ugo Monye admits he is excited ahead of Harlequins' 'biggest home game ever' against Munster at the Stoop.

Harlequins go into Sunday's quarter-final Heineken Cup clash in poor form following successive Aviva Premiership losses after beating Sale Sharks in the LV= Cup.

The defeats to Gloucester and Saracens - plus a previous league defeat to Exeter before their cup final success - have seen the defending champions drop to third in the Aviva Premiership table as they bid for a treble this season.

Asked if the defeats have affected preparations for Sunday's big game, Monye told Sky Sports: "No, not at all really.

"Obviously it's been disappointing the last couple of weeks with the losses we've got, but it's lovely for us to be going into a brand new fresh competition back at home at The Stoop and taking on Europe's finest in Munster.

"So in fact everyone's really excited, trained really well today in cold conditions but yes, can't wait. For Harlequins this is our biggest home game ever so massively excited."

In their last appearance at the quarter-final stage of the competition in 2009, Quins lost 5-6 at The Stoop to eventual tournament winners Leinster in a game overshadowed by the infamous 'Bloodgate' scandal.

Asked how different this side is to the one back in 2009 and how far the club have come, he replied: "I guess that we're a totally different club. A lot of the players remain the same but I think the expectations of us are changed.

"The last time we played in 2009 we were an unknown quantity and we probably got people a little bit cold. Now, after the last couple of seasons having a lot of success and a lot more experience, people know exactly what to expect of us.

"So although the names are familiar, our expectation level of ourselves is a lot different, as well as the fans.

"So we know exactly what to expect from Munster, they'll be coming over and rightly so, probably fancying themselves to beat us but we're a confident side, we're looking forward to it.

"We've got the utmost respect for Munster and the team we're facing but its going to be an almighty clash, as it will be for every team playing in the quarter-finals this weekend."

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