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Ben Youngs claims strong start against Toulouse could be decisive

Last Updated: 20/01/13 3:34pm

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Ben Youngs: We need to come out of the blocks quickly

Ben Youngs: We need to come out of the blocks quickly

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Leicester come face-to-face with Toulouse at Welford Road on Sunday knowing they must beat the most successful team in Heineken Cup history to reach the quarter-finals of this season's competition.

With just one more group game remaining, the French giants hold a two-point advantage over their English counterparts with neither side certain of securing a knock-out spot from Pool Two.

The Tigers have not lost a home European Cup match for more than six years - Munster were the last team to beat them - and scrum-half Ben Youngs says his side must make a strong start to the contest.

He said: "We will come flying out of the blocks, and it is always easier to come out of the blocks when you are at home.

"These are the games that you want to play in as a professional. It is not very often that you get the chance to play against a side like Toulouse.

"They are a world-class side that has won the Heineken Cup and the Top 14 countless times.

"To have them come to Welford Road and be able to have a crack at them is exciting.

"We need to start well and play from the first whistle. We need to control the ball a bit better in their 22 as well.

"We turned it over a couple of times at the Ospreys last weekend, and we need to be more clinical and tidy up a few things."

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