Captain O’Mahony relishes Leinster challenge

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Lean on Me: The Munster trio of Mike Sherry, Niall Ronan and Paul O'Connell pictured at a squad session at UL this week ahead of Saturday's RaboDirect PRO12 clash with Leinster at Thomond Park, 6.45pm
MUNSTER captain Peter O’Mahony believes Saturday’s glamour RaboDirect PRO12 clash with arch rivals Leinster in the perfect way to build up to the Heineken Cup.

MUNSTER captain Peter O’Mahony believes Saturday’s glamour RaboDirect PRO12 clash with arch rivals Leinster in the perfect way to build up to the Heineken Cup.

Third-placed Munster currently enjoy a one-point lead over fourth-placed Leinster ahead of their Thomond Park showdown (6.45pm).

Saturday’s game comes a week before Munster’s Heineken Cup pool opener away to Edinburgh at Murrayfield.

And Munster will host Gloucester in the Heineken Cup at Thomond Park on Saturday, October 19.

However, right now, Munster’s focus is very much on Saturday’s inter-pro clash with Leinster.

O’Mahony said: “The Leinster match is the perfect way to build up for the Heineken Cup.

“We have played some good rugby over the past couple of weeks and we have to keep moving on, keep going with our learning and taking positives. We are going all right and we have to go up another couple of gears over the coming weeks.

“We have had a couple of tests, faced a couple of good packs. We were not physical enough at times. We are learning a bit about ourselves, but we have plenty of work to do.”

Paul O’Connell and Felix Jones took part in Munster’s squad session at UL yesterday, showing no ill effects following their return to action against the Dragons in Musgrave Park on Saturday last.

Tighthead prop BJ Botha, who has been struggling with a knee injury and scrum-half Conor Murray, who has been troubled with a toe injury, returned to limited training yesterday. Ian Nagle (foot) is looking good to make a return to full training next week.

Tickets for Saturday’s match are on sale online from www.munsterrugby.ie, from the Munster Rugby ticket offices in Thomond Park and Musgrave Park, or by calling Ticketmaster on 0818 719300. Saturday’s match will be refereed by French official, Romain Poite.

Leinster are looking to complete their third successive away win over Munster this weekend. The last time Leinster achieved three successive away wins over Munster was in 1971.