Simon Zebo has said this weekend’s meeting of Leinster and Munster will be like playing in a “Heineken Cup Final”.
Both teams go into the RaboDirect Pro 12 at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening with so much to play for.
Leinster currently occupy first place in the table and Munster’s scrappy win over Treviso last weekend has them still in the hunt for a semi-final spot.
However, rarely does a big Leinster v Munster game focus on table positions, bragging rights are also at stake, with Munster holding the initial boast after their win in Thomond Park at the beginning of the season.
Zebo’s eager to get his teeth stuck into this one:
“I can’t wait, it’s going to be a massive occasion and I’m looking forward to getting out on the pitch now and lining up with the boys. Hopefully building momentum for Toulouse and the back end of the season,” the winger said.
“You know the difference when you are playing against Leinster, it’s like a Heineken Cup final so it’s going to be something special and we just need to get the win at the end.”
Munster have yet to beat Leinster on Lansdowne Road since the opening of the Aviva Stadium and with the Munster allocation of tickets sold out as per usual the red army have managed to snatch even more.
Zebo added it will be crucial to take the sting out of the home side.
“Regardless of where we are, we always get good support so we won’t feel too far away. We will be going out to do one for the supporters and get a win against these boys (Leinster)”.
After Rob Penney’s men beat Leinster earlier in the season, the focus was on how well it would set them up for the start of the Heineken Cup, however they fell at the first hurdle against Edinburgh at Murrayfield.
This game comes a week before both sides ready themselves for Heineken quarter-final action against French opposition.
Despite the loss in Edinburgh the last time, Zebo noted his side need a game like this to mentally challenge themselves for what will come next.
“We need to feel the intensity of such a big game to properly open out the lungs.”
“This game could be won by a point and it could be the same story the following week so if we are used to winning tight games I feel we could really benefit from that,” Zebo said.