Friday, May 01, 2009
The two Irish provincial heavyweights go into battle on Saturday in the Semi Final of the Heineken Cup at Croke Park. Munster against Leinster will produce a sell-out crowd as the two rivals vie for glory and a place in the final.
A record for a club rugby match, 82 000 fans will be on hand to witness what should be yet another epic contest in the history of the tournament, and more specifically, between these two powerhouses.
The champions, Munster, will probably be favourites with their recent form and will look to clinch their third title in four years, an amazing achievement if it happens.
Leinster wont be phased though, as they boast some of the games finest players in Brian ODriscoll, Felipe Contepomi, and Rocky Elsom.
"Each team pretty much knows what to expect from the other, but the whole of Ireland will quite rightly regard us as the underdogs," says Leinster Flanker Shane Jennings.
"We have a massive task ahead of us in taking on the champions of Europe, and playing in Dublin is no great advantage to us either.
"The majority of the Munster boys know Croke Park well and have been successful there, so it is of no additional benefit for us."
This video shows the intensity and rivalry between the two great sides as the excitement and tension builds ahead of the big match.
It promises to be yet another Heineken Cup classic. Kick off is at 17:30 local time.
Anyone fancy a crack at the outcome? Winner and final score according to you.