Garrick Morgan knows what it takes to win the European Challenge Cup.
The Australian Test lock was a winner with NEC Harlequins in 2001 and the Wallaby has his sights set on a personal Anglo-French double when Pau travel to Brive on Saturday with a 21 point advantage for the Second Leg of their all-French semi-final.
"This tournament is massively important to the club and its supporters," said Morgan. "The place in next year's Heineken Cup for the European Challenge Cup winners would give a great deal of financial security while at the same time just winning the tournament is massive.
"I was lucky enough to win this competition with Harlequins and it was pretty amazing. Outside of the Heineken Cup it's the other big thing to win and a European title is always going to be massive.
"I felt the First Leg of the semi-final against Brive went well and 21 points is the sort of lead we needed going into the game at Brive. They will be at home and wanting to play - they will throw the ball around and play an intelligent game so we'll have to make sure we defend well.
"As far as playing away is concerned, well, with the French you never know. We are certainly capable of coming away with a victory and we have a set of quality players but Brive is a team you have to watch.
"Although they have been having a bad run recently, at the start of the season they were playing very well. They have a great team spirit and I'm expecting a close game."
The one certainty from the clash at Brive's Parc Municipal des Sports is that a French team will be in the final on the weekend of 21 / 22 May and Morgan believes the Pau pack can make sure he and the club have their big day in the European spotlight. "Our strengths lie in our forwards at the moment," he said. "We have good set pieces and an experienced pack. We also have a very effective maul. We work well together and our strength should keep down the points against us. "And despite that 21-point cushion, we are certainly going into the Second Leg wanting to win. I think if you go in with any other mentality you're going to run into problems.
"Having said that, if there are five minutes to go and we are only seven points down, we'll be quite happy with that.
"The biggest threat Brive bring is their way of keeping the ball alive. They will be coming into the game with nothing to lose and they'll be looking to attack from everywhere. We'll have to be up for it defensively to win the game.
"Thankfully I think we'll have a pretty full side for the game. Patricio Albacete, who is out with tendonitis in his knee, is our only real injury problem.
"We are also hoping to have a few players coming back from injury and John Isaac should be back in the squad for the semi. Having said that, we have coped well all season with the injuries we have been hit with."
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