Mat Tait spots big threat to Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers full-back Mat Tait knows all about the man who will be pulling Toulouse's strings tomorrow.
Kiwi Luke McAlister will be charged with making the decisions and kicking the goals that the big-spending French side hope will earn them a spot in the quarter-finals.
Tait played alongside McAlister for two years at Sale Sharks, between 2007 and 2009, and knows just how big a threat he is likely to be.
"He is essential to how the club want to play," said the 26-year-old. "He plays off-the-cuff at times but is very good at it.
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"Luke controls the game well and he always did the same for Sale."
McAlister took the game away from Leicester in a hurry at the Municipal Stadium in round one in October.
Having edged ahead at half-time, the former All Black booted four quick penalties within 14 minutes to kill off the game as a contest and Toulouse ran out 23-9 winners.
"We have watched him on video this week and he is kicking really well," said Tait. "He gets over the gain line and when Toulouse do that, they are a very difficult to stop.
"Luke has a big boot and Welford Road is not the biggest of pitches. If we get turned over on half-way, it will certainly be kickable. We have spoken about that this week and we have to follow our instructions.
"The trouble is that we can't just concentrate on Luke because they have threats all over the pitch."
Tait is a veteran of 38 England Tests but this will be the biggest game he has played in for a number of years
"I will be excited and nervous but that is why you play in tournaments like this." he said.