Ben Youngs says Leicester Tigers can learn lesson from history
Scrum-half Ben Youngs says Leicester Tigers can draw strength from victories by fellow English clubs over Toulouse in last year's Heineken Cup.
Harlequins stunned northern hemisphere rugby with a 31-24 win at the Stade Municipal in December 2011.
Just over a month later, Gloucester put in a storming performance at Kingsholm to win 34-24 and pick up a four-try bonus point in the process.
Neither result stopped Toulouse winning the pool and progressing to the quarter-finals. But Youngs is hoping Tigers can stop their campaign in its tracks on Sunday and become the third English side to inflict pain on Guy Noves' squad in a little over 13 months.
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"Last season, Gloucester beat Toulouse, and Harlequins did the same at their place so we can beat them too," said the 23-year-old.
"They are a world-class side which 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. I expect it will be a cracking game for the neutral.
"It will probably be cold, and we are going to be mad for it because we have to win to go through.
"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."
Youngs says Leicester must make the most of a sold-out and partizan home crowd by getting off to a good start, which was something they failed to do in both of their games with the Ospreys, which forced them to fight back from 10-0 deficits each time.
"We need to start well and play from the first whistle," he said. "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 and we need to be more clinical and tidy up a few things.
"We also got caught out with the kick chase when Eli Walker ran through us and that is something we will need to have a look at."
There are various permutations in the make-up of the last eight if Tigers can topple the visitors on Sunday.
Youngs says he would look forward to whatever came their way.
"Our pool is hard enough as it is, so any quarter-final will be just as tough," he said.
"We have to beat Toulouse first of all and, if we do, whoever we play, we will be having a crack at.
"It could be Clermont or Toulon and we would go out there as the underdogs."