Welsh playmaker James Hook believes home advantage will help steer Perpignan into their first European final for a decade and give them the chance to push for a return to the Heineken Cup.
Hook helped create two tries and kicked 15 points in Perpignan's 30-15 Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final win over Toulouse that set-up a home semi-final with fellow Top 14 side Stade Francais Paris.
The winner will get the chance to fly to Dublin, where Perpignan played Toulouse in the 2003 Heineken Cup final in 2003, to meet the winners of the second semi-final, between Leinster and holders Biarritz Olympique.
"We've put a big focus on this competition and it was a big test against Toulouse. We had to dig deep in certain parts of that game and it was great to get the result and reach the semi-finals," said Hook.
"This is a great place to play rugby, especially when the fans are as loud as they were. I came to Stae Aime Giral with the Ospreys in 2009 and it was a pretty special experience and one of the reasons I signed for the club.
"It is always pretty daunting for the visiting players, although it's also something they look forward to. But playing at home against Stade Francais will give us a big chance and, of course, there is a big carrot with a cup final at stake.
"We have a proud history in the Heineken Cup and winning the Amlin Challenge Cup would put us in that tournament next year. We're still in the running in two competitions to get us into the Heineken Cup and we will be really focussed on that in the next couple of weeks, first in the Top14 and then the Amlin again."
The two teams have already met twice in the Top 14, with home advantage swaying the results in favour of the home town team on each occasion.
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