Perpignan have quality to bounce back from Thomond loss

Perpignan captain James Hook believes his side can defeat Munster in Saturday’s Heineken Cup clash at the Stade Aimé Giral.

The French outfit slumped to an embarrassing 36-8 loss in Limerick on Sunday but Hook is convinced they have the talent to reverse that result on their home patch.

Wales international Hook said: “It turns into a massive game for us but we’re capable of winning next week and scoring four tries, we’ve got the players to do that.

“We have to work hard to right the wrongs from Sunday and hopefully it will be a different story. It’s what the Heineken Cup is about, the big games; another loss will probably have us out, so we need to win.

“We spoke in the pre-match Sunday about Munster and how they keep the ball well, pick and go and keep things under control.

“They did that so well in the second half and I am sure they will be similar next week, but we have to focus on ourselves.

“I don’t see why we can’t win. Our guys are quality players, experienced guys and I can’t see any reason why it won’t happen.”

“We’re disappointed; the Sofiane Guitone try was disallowed and had it been given it might have changed things. But Munster kept the ball well after that and it took a toll.

“Next week is, however, another opportunity and it is going to be a tough game.”

Perpignan will be boosted by the availability of ex-Munster star Lifeimi Mafi who was suspended last weekend.

Hook said: “Lifeimi is a great player and a lot of Munster people know how great a player he is and how good a bloke he is.

“In training over the last couple of weeks he has been thinking about this [back-to-back clash] and, yes, he will be bouncing for it.”


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