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Biggar relishing Tigers cup clash

Dan Biggar says the Ospreys aim to "ruffle a few feathers" when they tackle fierce Heineken Cup rivals Leicester at Welford Road on Sunday.

It will be the teams' seventh European meeting, and one that would leave Leicester struggling to qualify from Pool Two if they come unstuck. Fly-half Biggar has proved key to a four-game unbeaten run the Ospreys have enjoyed since losing their first three matches this season, and they opened European proceedings last week with a bonus point victory over Treviso.

"In terms of atmosphere and tradition you won't find many better grounds than Welford Road," he said. "It's a lot easier to get yourself up for a game with 24,000 people in the Heineken Cup at Leicester, rather than 5,000 people in a bigger stadium. But with all the respect we have for Leicester we are going up there to really try to ruffle a few feathers."

Biggar's battle opposite England number 10 Toby Flood is likely to have a considerable bearing on which team takes the points, and he has huge respect for his rival fly-half.

"Personally, I rate him as one of the best in Britain. He doesn't get quite the credit he deserves," Biggar added.

"He's a great player, perfect for Leicester. He knows their game plan inside out. He gives them what they want, and that's directness and honesty.

"He knows exactly where people need to be, and that is very under-rated in a fly-half. He's one of the best in Europe, and I am looking forward to a head-to-head with him.

"Perhaps there are similarities between myself and Toby, but I would love to be as good as him. If I can get to his level I will be happy, but I've still got a lot to work on and learn.

"I suppose we are both authoritative in some sort of way, and it will be a great battle between us. If our pack gets on the front foot it will be a difficult day for him, and vice-versa."


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