Leicester Tigers will be out to turn their woeful home form around when they take on Ulster in their key European Cup clash at Welford Road this weekend, but they know that the Irish side will provide a stern test.
Richard Cockerill's charges have had a difficult start to the English Premiership season, with World Cup call-ups putting their star-studded squad on the back foot from the word go.
Their performances in front of their home crowd at their usual "Welford Fortress" have been particularly dismal this season where they have failed to register a single victory in Premiership action, suffering three consecutive defeats and managing a draw against London Irish.
Cockerill is all too aware of how important good home form is in the European Cup and he is determined that his side turn things around when they take on a competitive Ulster outfit on Saturday.
He commented: "We need to win next week at Welford Road - you have to keep winning in this competition. But Ulster are a good side with some very good individual players so it is a massive game.
"These are the deciding games of the season and if we come away with two from two and with eight or nine points then that will be a huge plus."
The Tigers opened their campaign with a win against Aironi in Italy last week, but they could not secure a bonus point and some supporters will be worried that Ulster's settled team will be able to get one over them on their home turf.
Despite the relatively underwhelming result against what is a comparitively weak Aironi side Cockerill remains positive about his side's prospects and pointed out that he will happily take any away win in this competition.
"The 28-12 result against Aironi in Monza was an important away win, which is tough to get in Europe. The Heineken Cup is very difficult and there's a long way to go and you have to take the win and take the positives," he said.
Tigers captain Murphy – who has announced his retirement from Test rugby – added: "Ulster are a good side and picked up a couple of away wins last year.
"They will fancy coming to Welford Road. They've made some really good signings over the last couple of years with guys like Ruan Pienaar, Pedrie Wannenburg and John Afoa," he added.
Despite the crop of international stars in Ulster's ranks, including a host of Springbok stalwarts, Murphy believes that the young Irish players will pose just as much of a threat for his side this weekend.
He said: "There is a lot of talk about their South African core but they have some very good young Irish players as well – Ian Humphreys, Steve Ferris, Andrew Trimble and Paddy Wallace – the latter so underrated and a player I really respect.
Murphy said that his team was happy with their performance against Aironi, despite the heartbreak of missing out on a full haul of five log points.
"I'm pleased to get a good win as Aironi are a tough side. We watched a lot of footage of them building up to the clash and they took this match to a big stadium and wanted to put on a show – it was a cup final for them.
"It would have been nice to get the bonus point, and it was really frustrating to get the third try on 80 minutes. We should have got more out of the game, but full credit to Aironi they defended well and were aggressive.
"There is a long way to go and we might have to pick up bonus-points later in the season but hopefully it won't come back to haunt us.
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