Sunday 17 December 2017

Foley plans to be Leinster's 'neighbours from hell'

Munster head coach Anthony Foley. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Munster head coach Anthony Foley. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Munster aim to be the 'neighbours from hell' for Leinster at The Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening.

"It's important we understand that there's a lot riding on it, even before you look at the league table," said Munster coach Anthony Foley.

"You're playing against your neighbour. I think the boys have come in this week and have gone about the job properly.

"Hopefully, we can try and turn up fresh and ready to have a go at The Aviva."

Leinster have more room for manoeuvre, in terms of the outcome, as they hold one of two golden tickets of a home semi-final berth as matters stand. There is a seven-point drop from their spot in second to Munster's in fourth, the latter having Ulster and Glasgow breathing down their necks.

"We're fully fixed on Leinster, at the moment," emphasised Foley. "They are probably fully fixed on us as well.

"There'll be nobody taking their eye off that and looking at the finishing line. This is a big game in itself.

"For the team, it's important that they stay in the moment and they stay doing their jobs."

Munster will do so without their unfortunate second row Mark Chisholm. The Wallaby international follows Leinster lock Mike McCarthy in being forced to sit out the rest of the season due to concussion.

Second row Darren O'Shea, just 23, will rejoin the province in the summer after a two-year stint at Worcester Warriors.

Tight-head John Andress, formerly of Ulster, will look to break the 50-cap barrier for Edinburgh ahead of joining up with Foley in the summer.

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