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    @@@@SPAN>Corry: easier to retain Cup than win the first@@@@/SPAN>



    @@@@SPAN>18/01/2007@@@@/SPAN>




    @@@@SPAN>By <div align="center"><no></no></div>Brendan O'Brien, Leicester

    Corry's
    side arrive in Thomond Park on Saturday hoping to put a dent in
    Munster's plan to recapture European club rugby's most sought after
    silverware.

    However, with the hosts already five from five in
    Pool Four and on a run of 13 straight wins in the competition, the
    words of the former English captain are so far ringing true.

    An
    integral member of the Leicester side that won back-to-back European
    titles in 2002 — the only side to have done so in the tournament's
    history — he also speaks from a position of considerable experience.

    "I don't think it was more difficult because we knew that we could do it again," he said of Leicester's second title in 2002.

    "The
    first year was all about doubts. 'Can we actually go out and win this?'
    "Regardless of what you actually talked about, throughout the season,
    until you've actually done it you can never be sure that you are
    capable of it.

    "Once you've got that belief you know that you can do it and Munster now will be in exactly the same position."

    Munster
    must have had more doubts than most after two final defeats, first by
    Northampton and then by a Leicester side including Corry, Martin
    Johnson and, of course, Neil Back.

    The flip side of the coin
    is that their litany of near misses over the years merely increased
    their ambition and their form in Europe this season is proof positive
    that, if anything, their hunger for a repeat triumph has only deepened.


    Corry knows how they feel. Ten years after joining the Tigers,
    and with a World Cup winners' medal keeping a clutch of Premiership and
    Heineken trinkets company in his cupboard, the 33-year-old is still
    yearning for more.

    "Hunger should never be a factor when
    you're talking about competitions like the European Cup. Whether you've
    won it once or you've won it ten times, it doesn't matter. The past is
    the past and you should always be desperate for another shot at glory."

    That said, the mutual history shared by these two sides adds that bit extra spice.

    Having
    lost to Leicester in that Millennium Stadium final five years ago,
    Munster exacted some revenge by relieving them of their title in the
    quarter-finals the following year.

    That defeat was Leicester's
    first at Welford Road in Europe since 2000 and Munster performed a
    similar feat October when their 21-19 success was the first for a
    visiting team at the Tigers' home patch since January 2005.

    With
    all that in mind, Pat Howard's team would dearly love to be the first
    team to lower the Munster mast in the Heineken Cup in Limerick.
    Whatever the outcome, it promises to be yet another thrilling chapter
    in what has become one of the competition's keynote rivalries.

    "This
    is the great thing about the Heineken Cup, that it does develop
    rivalries like that. For us at Leicester we've got these teams that we
    seem to meet regularly like Munster and Stade Francais.

    "These
    are the teams you want to be playing, especially with the traditions
    that Munster have, traditions that we have, which we share. It's a game
    for the supporters and the players. We've had some great battles and
    hopefully this is going to be another epic."

    At Welford Road
    three months ago, it was indiscipline that allowed Ronan O'Gara to land
    that Scud from beyond the halfway line and Corry is mindful of avoiding
    a repeat in what will actually be his first appearance at the old
    ground.

    "Discipline is always a crucial factor but especially when you're up against an e
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