WATCH: Munster's Peter O'Mahony says Leinster tie is a little 'exciting and scary'

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MUNSTER captain Peter O’Mahony says this week is a mixture of ‘exciting, exhilarating and scary’ as the province prepares for Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 semi-final showdown with Leinster in Dublin.
Munster face-off with great rivals Leinster at the RDS on Saturday, 2.30pm, with a place in the 2019 Guinness PRO14 final at stake.
While Munster come into the derby off a ‘free’ weekend, Leinster lost out to Saracens in a bruising Heineken Champions Cup decider in Newcastle on Saturday
Johann van Graan’s Munster lost out by a single point to Leinster at the same stage of the Pro 14 last season also at the RDS, a week after Leinster had won the Champions Cup.
Munster captain O’Mahony said he felt a mixture of emotions leading up to this weekend’s big derby which would be the team’s final game of the season.
“Look, it was the same deal for us against Treviso a couple of weeks ago. It’s exciting, it’s exhilarating, but you know you don’t want it to be your last one (game of the season). So I suppose it’s scary at the same time but look, these are the reasons you play the game, you want to be playing against the best at this time of the year, which we will be at the weekend.”
O’Mahony believes it is going to take their best display of the season to dethrone Pro14 holders Leinster.
O’Mahony agrees that Munster’s win over Leinster in the PRO14 regular season at Thomond Park last December was a timely one ahead of this weekend’s clash.
“It was important for us to get a win, we hadn’t beaten them in a long time but, you know, it’s a different animal. Semi-final rugby is a different animal again and it’s going to take our best performance of the year, I know that for a fact.
“You can’t go to Leinster and expect to scrape by, you need to go and perform and play well. That’s the main thing and a lot of guys understand that but we’ve just got to beat that drum this week.”
O’Mahony rejects the view that news of assistant coaches Jerry Flannery and Felix Jones departures this summer will have a negative impact on Munster’s display this weekend.
O’Mahony said: “No I don’t think so. As I’ve said, they’ve outlined how important this week is, and I’ve known the guys a long time. There’s no doubt in my mind that they’ll be firmly focused and on point with everything they do this week and that we’ll all be working in the same direction to getting this week as right as possible.”