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Derby excitement for Gibbes

25th March 2014 13:49

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Jono Gibbes Leinster coach

Excited: Jono Gibbes

Leinster forwards coach Jono Gibbes admits the excitement is building ahead of their RaboDirect PRO12 derby clash with Munster this week.

The game is a sell-out at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, with Ireland's international players set to go toe-to-toe wearing their provincial colours.

And coach Gibbes has said all the ingredients lead to what should be an outstanding game of PRO12 rugby as the two leading teams collide.

"We're excited about playing at the Aviva - a massive crowd's going to be in there," the New Zealander said at a press briefing on Monday.

"I think you've got two top teams with two points separating them in the league, with not many games left, in front of a sell-out crowd and they happen to be the two biggest rivals in Ireland. I think that's the story right there really."

Gibbes believes that with the high intensity nature of the fixture, starting in the best style is critical.

"There's always a real level to those games, a real intensity. (Munster) know slowing our tempo down is a big thing and we know what they're going to do. It's who can impose themselves the best normally gets an advantage," he said.

"(Munster) are going to be coming to Dublin positive, confident in their own abilities. I think whatever has happened in the Six Nations is behind and the real story is it's Munster v Leinster at the Aviva."

  • Munster Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
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European Rugby Champions Cup
Saturday , December 6
Munster vs Clermont Auvergne15:15
Sunday , December 14
Clermont Auvergne vs Munster15:15
Saturday , January 17
Saracens vs MunsterTBC
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Saturday , November 1
Cardiff Blues vs Munster17:15
Friday , November 21
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Munster19:30
Friday , November 28
Munster vs Ulster19:35
Saturday , December 20
Glasgow vs Munster14:40
Friday , December 26
Munster vs Leinster17:00
Saturday , January 10
Zebre vs Munster16:00
Wednesday, January 14
Munster vs Cardiff BluesTBC
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European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 24
Munster 14 - 3 SaracensMunster vs Saracens Report
Saturday , October 18
Sale Sharks 26 - 27 MunsterSale Sharks vs Munster Report
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Guinness PRO12
Friday , October 10
Munster 17 - 6 Scarlets
Saturday , October 4
Leinster 23 - 34 Munster
Saturday , September 27
Munster 14 - 19 Ospreys
Friday , September 19
Munster 31 - 5 Zebre
Friday , September 12
Benetton Treviso 10 - 21 Munster
Friday , September 5
Munster 13 - 14 Edinburgh
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Pool 1
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PosTeamPPts
1Munster28
2Saracens25
3Sale Sharks11
4Clermont Auvergne11