Montferrand Head Coach Alain Hyardet believes that Paul Burke and Will Greenwood will be key to NEC Harlequins chances of winning the Parker Pen Challenge Cup Final when the two sides meet at the Madejski Stadium, Reading on Saturday (22nd May), kick-off 12.00pm.
"Quins have an excellent kicker in their number 10 (Burke), a world champion at inside centre (Greenwood) and they recently turned the tide against Bath (2nd May) which shows they dig their heels in right up to the final whistle," said Hyardet, who has asked his team to put in a total performance this weekend.
"That is what we will have to do if we want to win this match. In our other matches in England this season, we performed well for 60 minutes but this time it has to be for 80."
Montferrand have defeated Newcastle Falcons, Saracens and Bath to reach the final, with Hyardet suggesting that his side enjoy playing English clubs rather then their French counterparts.
"We have done well in the Parker Pen Challenge Cup this season, coming through against Saracens, Newcastle Falcons and Bath Rugby. We feel less pressure against English sides who like to play the ball a lot more than in the French Championship. Our standard of rugby has been significantly higher in Europe than in domestic competition."
"The matches are more disciplined and the referees act with more rigour. In fact, everything is put in place for the games to produce as much entertaining rugby as possible."
However, Quins can take comfort from the fact that Montferrand have lost all the away legs on their three visits to England this season and have needed home advantage to help them progress to the next round of the tournament; not that Hyardet is too concerned by this.
"It's true that, so far, we have always had a return leg on our home soil which has helped over the two legs and this time it is just one knock-out match. That means it will be a tough challenge but we are ready for it. The team has begun to believe in itself and, even though we are now in the play-downs in the French Championship, we are starting to build on our capabilities and focus on our strengths."
"Finals are different to two-leg matches. We will try and forget about what is going to be a hostile environment and play for the ultimate prize of reaching the Heineken Cup. It is so important for us to qualify for the Heineken Cup."
"It won't be easy because Quins are a good team and they are playing close to home so they will have a lot of support. But we are determined to win in order to wipe out the domestic problems we've had this season," continued Hyardet, who believes that the side which can do the basics well could be in possession of trophy on Saturday afternoon.
"The game will be won on details. Whoever concedes the least amount of penalties and keeps the ball will be under less pressure and has a good chance of winning the match and the title."
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