MUNSTER need two points from Saturday's crunch final regular season Guinness Pro12 fixture with Scarlets at Thomond Park (3pm) to guarantee qualification for next season's Champions Cup.
Sixth-placed Munster, who occupy the final qualification place at present, enjoy a four-point lead on seventh-placed Ospreys ahead of this weekend's decisive clash with Scarlets.
And eighth-placed Edinburgh also harbour an outside chance to making Europe's elite club rugby competition as they sit one point behind the Ospreys.
Anthony Foley's men have their destiny back in their own hands, thanks to last Friday night's bonus point victory over Edinburgh at Musgrave Park.
Munster must plan with Irish second-row Donnacha Ryan for Saturday's game as he continues to be monitored by the medical staff for a concussion he sustained in the Connacht game.
Munster coach Foley is pleased that the side controls their own destiny.
Foley said at Munster's press briefing at Thomond Park yesterday: “We have to win. We know that. They have to win to catch Ulster. Ospreys have to win to catch us and Ulster have to win their game, so within those two games there’s a lot at stake.
“We’re all very conscious of it but we have to keep an eye on Edinburgh as well, so it’s important that we get our job done and if we get our job done then well, it’s in our hands.
“Rather than looking around for other people to do you a favour it’s in our control, you fight hard to get stuff in your control and it’s about us going out now and delivering a performance that can win the game.
“Everybody wants to finish with a win. That's our preparation this week, to make sure we get that.
“Unfortunately there's a crowd over in Wales that wants something else. So we've to make sure that we're good about our jobs this week, coaches, senior player group, we're all driving from within.
“We're all conscious that it's week 45 of our season, there's a lot of work gone in so far.
“It's about making sure the group is fresh and energetic and ready for the task in hand because it's going to be a high-octane game.”
Saturday's game at Thomond Park will be refereed by Welsh official Nigel Owens. The game will be shown live on S4C.