Heineken Cup: Matt O'Connor says Leinster are undaunted by Sunday's trip to Toulon
Matt O'Connor says Leinster won't be fazed by the Stade Felix Mayol atmosphere when they face Toulon on Sunday.
Last Updated: 04/04/14 4:09pm
O'Connor was head coach of Leicester Tigers last year when they suffered a narrow 21-15 loss in the Heineken Cup quarter-final.
Jonny Wilkinson kicked all of the French side's points but Leicester were aggrieved at the yellow cards dished out to Toby Flood and Dan Cole for deliberate knock-ons.
Now in charge of Leinster, O'Connor will draw on the lessons he learned during last year's loss as the Irish province attempt to upset the Heineken Cup holders on their own patch.
"If I think back to the game last year, there were two yellow cards for perceived deliberate knock-ons that cost us the game," he said.
"You have got to make sure that you're presenting good pictures to the officials the whole time because you can't play them for 60 minutes with 14 blokes or you will lose.
"It was an incredibly tight game of footie on very small margins. It is about making sure you get everything right - you manage those situations you don't have control of to wrestle the momentum back and give yourself a fighting chance.
"I think what Leinster have demonstrated, over a long period of time, certainly this year, in a really tough pool, our away form has been brilliant.
"We're not intimated by being away to Toulon in the quarter-final. We are really looking forward to seeing where we end up at the end of the day."
Toulon boast a team full of international stars but O'Connor said it is unfair to label Bernard Laporte's side as a bunch of mercenaries.
"Their motives have been questioned at different stages but you can't win in this competition if their changing room isn't solid," he said.
"You can't win this competition if blokes aren't doing it for the right reasons. We're under no illusions how good we have to be."
Watch Toulon v Leinster live on Sky Sports 3 from 4pm on Sunday