Munster captain Peter O’Mahony admits facing Leinster in Saturday’s PRO14 semi-final will be “the hardest game” of their season so far.
O’Mahony’s men travel to Dublin to face the recently crowned European champions in one of the games of the weekend across the rugby world.
And while the Irish flanker knows it will be a big ask to beat Leinster on their home patch, he revealed these are the challenges players want.
“It’s got to be a challenge, you’ve got to bring it on. If you’re sitting at home worrying about going somewhere at the weekend, you’re in the wrong business. You’ve got to see it as a challenge. Leinster are the team you want to be measuring yourself off,” he told Irish Rugby.
“It’s gonna be hard, probably the hardest game we played all year, but it has to be our best performance. Surely that’s what you want to do as a professional rugby player, any professional athlete, you want to challenge yourself against the best.”
He added: “We’ve a game-plan, we’ve a structure, we’ll go out and play it. We’ll be talking about our performance and what we have to do to go out and win. I don’t want people saying after the weekend, ‘ah, Munster to be fair aren’t far off Leinster’. That’s not what I want.
“If we play well, I want people saying Munster played well, that’s what I want to hear. I don’t want to hear. ‘they’re close enough’. Leinster, what they’ve done for the last 12, 18 months, we’re not going to change that in a game. That’s the standard they have. We’ve all got to strive to try and get there.”