Leinster players ordered to focus on Munster with Champions Cup final just around the corner

Leo Cullen has warned Leinster not to look beyond Munster, even with the Champions Cup final just around the corner.

The European crown remains the grand prize on offer, even if an earlier date at the Aviva Stadium with provincial rivals Munster for a place in the URC decider is “an attractive prospect”, as Cullen put it.

The Leinster head coach was speaking at Lansdowne Road after his team’s comfortable round of 16 win over the Sharks on Saturday night.

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The Glasgow v Munster semi-final was about to kick off at the time and Cullen was asked about the threat Graham Rowntree’s side would pose if they prevailed, which they did, albeit at a potentially heavy injury cost.

The Blues have won nine of the last 10 provincial meetings, including two semi-finals in this competition, with Munster’s lone win coming in the Rainbow Cup two years ago.

“It looks like Munster have a lot of players coming back now from injuries so they will be dangerous at this stage of the season,” Cullen said.

“Munster is a team that we play a lot more with (than Glasgow) and they are in the evolution of this new team of managers finding their place and maybe after a bit of a slow start to the season.”