Leicester Tigers' team spirit will be key, says Julian Salvi
Leicester Tigers flanker Julian Salvi says the collective spirit of Leicester Tigers will be a much more important factor than any individual battles on the pitch
The 27-year-old Aussie is part of a Tigers back-row threesome that will have to tame one of the best opposing trios in world rugby, if the home side are to stamp their mark on the club's biggest game of the season.
Salvi and team-mates Tom Waldrom and Steve Mafi will have to get the better of Yannick Nyanga, Louis Picamoles and Thierry Dusautoir in the do-or-die clash at a sold-out Welford Road tomorrow.
The French internationals are a fearsome prospect but Salvi believes the back-row head-to-heads are just a part of a more important bigger picture.
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"This is undoubtedly one of the biggest games I have ever been involved in," he said. "It's Toulouse at home with everything to play for. What more could you want? The boys are raring to go.
"There is quality throughout their team, especially their back-row. We have got to face up to them.
"When you come up against these guys, everyone wants to do better than their opposite number. But it's more important that we do the right things as a team.
"It's important to make sure that we carry through what we plan to do. We have to go out there, front up and stick together to form a formidable group.
"I will be nervous because I know how big a game this is in our season. But I will be excited at the same time to go out and play in front of a full house."
Toulouse's form on their travels has been poor in the Top 14 with just four wins out of eight.
Salvi believes that will count for little. "Their away form is not the best but it's do-or-die tomorrow," he said. "It may be away but they know it's a massive game and, when that is the situation, you always have a team that will front up."
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