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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."

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