Heineken Cup, Round 4
Meyer prepared for Carter hype
December 13, 2008
Leicester Tigers head coach Heyneke Meyer pictured during the English Premiership match between Gloucester and Leicester Tigers at Kingsholm in Gloucester, England on September 7, 2008.
Meyer is hoping his side can handle the 'Dan Carter Show' in Perpignan on Sunday © Getty Images

Leicester boss Heyneke Meyer has urged his side to retain their focus when they take on Perpignan and their new star Dan Carter in the Heineken Cup on Sunday.

The Pool 3 rivals will go head-to-head at the Stade Aime Giral with the All Blacks fly-half set to make a high-profile Pepignan debut but Meyer is determined to treat the clash like any other game.

"There will be a lot of hype around Carter because he's a world-class player, but in every single game in this tough tournament you face world-class players," said Meyer. "For me, it is not about one player, it is about playing against a team and focusing on what we're going to do well.

"It will be a different situation and there are things that we need to work on, but there will be a lot of pressure on them to play well. For me, as a coach, I think my strength is that I don't get sucked into those kinds of things.

"It is just another game that we need to go out there and win. It will be tough, but it's a challenge and we are looking forward to that challenge."

Leicester recorded a 38-27 bonus point victory over Perpignan at Welford Road last Saturday where Carter watched from the sidelines, and Meyer has retained the same starting line-up, with Tigers fly-half Toby Flood opposing Carter - as he did for England against New Zealand two weeks ago.

"This is a new experience for me as a coach, sending a side out against the same opposition in successive weeks," added Meyer. "The players can take confidence from the win last weekend, but that game is over now. They have to go out and perform again."

Elsewhere on Sunday, Pool Two contenders Wasps will be hoping to complete a double over Edinburgh to keep their quarer-final hopes alive. But a stomach bug means Danny Cipriani moves down to the bench, with Dave Walder replacing him at fly-half.

Wasps head coach Shaun Edwards said: "Danny has been unwell all week, and therefore he has been moved to the bench. We are hoping he will be fit to feature as a replacement, but we will continue to watch him."

England prop Phil Vickery, meanwhile, continues as skipper in the absence of Raphael Ibanez, who faces six weeks out after suffering a series of concussive injuries.

Wasps beat Edinburgh 25-16 at Murrayfield last week, but Edwards added: "We know we are in a sudden-death situation, and any losses in the next few games will prevent qualification. We are expecting a huge game from Edinburgh. They are a strong side and they have a huge international presence, with many of the players having just featured in the autumn Tests."

Wasps' Premiership rivals Bath also face Scottish opposition tomorrow, meeting Glasgow at Firhill in Pool Five. Bath won last weekend's clash against the Warriors in the west country, but only after hanging on for a 35-31 success and conceding five tries.

The 1998 Heineken Cup winners though, have received a double boost ahead of the return fixture, with wing Joe Maddock and lock Danny Grewcock both featuring again after injuries.

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