Pelous wary of Munster
Toulouse captain ful of praise for Irish province
Last Updated: May 22, 2008 4:36pm
Pelous: Expecting a hard game
Toulouse captain Fabien Pelous has admitted his side's Heineken Cup opponents Munster "do not have many deficiencies" ahead of Saturday's showdown.
Toulouse go in to the final having lifted the title three times, with Pelous skippering them to victory in 2003 and 2005.
However having lost to Munster in the past and seen the Irish province add the talents of Doug Howlett, Rua Tipoki and Lifeimi Mafi to a backline marshalled by Ronan O'Gara, Pelous knows that his side face a tough battle at the Millennium Stadium.
"I remember the two meetings we have had with them in semi-finals, one at Le Stadium - where we won by a very narrow margin - and then the other semi-final in Bordeaux when they beat us," he said.
"Munster are a team of much the same quality and standing as ourselves on the European level. They have played a huge number of matches, they have plenty of experience and - just like us - they have a tremendous relationship with a tournament which has been so successful for them.
"We have an enormous respect for Munster because, whatever happens, they are always present in those big events and they are always massively efficient in the competition.
"And it is as a team as a whole they have to be watched so carefully, not just some key players.
"They used to have the reputation of having a game largely based on their all-conquering forwards but I think they have now added other skills to their game.
"In particular, they now have a back division that is far more competitive and dangerous, but, just reaching the final shows they do not have many deficiencies.
"So I think it could all come down to who holds their focus and concentration the better both in our preparations and on the day."