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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Ulster can overcome threat of Munster

Iain Henderson
Iain Henderson

This is a real test of tenacity and nerve for Ulster.

The appointment of Kingspan as the first pre-determined venue for a final immediately redoubled the pressure on their players to deliver the silverware they have been insulated against.

It would be easy for Ulster to take their eye off the ball, stray from the minute-by-minute mantra.

"I wouldn't say it's a distraction. I'd say maybe it's more a light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak," said Iain Henderson.

The home of Ulster rugby is also an intimidating place to visit when you need to take something away from it.

"We take great confidence playing at Kingspan Stadium," said the in-form forward.

"Not only confidence in terms of the match, but in terms of the fact that teams fear it and that we have built that fear around it."

This is the sort of backs-to-the-wall raiding mission on which Munster made their name in the game and two throwbacks, Paul O'Connell and Peter O'Mahony, will lead their charge.

Henderson added: "Those two bounce off each other extremely well in terms of the way they play, their work ethic and their detail level and the intensity they both play at. In saying that, that's who you want to be playing against. You want to be playing against the best players."

PRO12: Ulster v Munster, tomorrow (ko 2.40) live Sky Sports 1

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