‘It’s all on this week’ – Leinster rugby coach issues warning ahead of Munster showdown
Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster has warned his players not to look beyond Friday’s Guinness PRO14 semi-final showdown with Munster.
If results go their way, the Aviva Stadium clash will be the first of four huge knockout matches for the Blues in successive weeks, but the ex-England chief believes his team face a dangerous opponent who will throw everything at them.
Munster’s season is over if they go down on Friday night and Lancaster believes that will focus their minds.
Recalling the semi-final loss to the Scarlets in 2017, he reminded his team what can happen when they take their eye off the ball.
“It’s all on this week,” said Lancaster.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that if you start thinking too far ahead about finals or quarter-finals or semi-finals in Europe, then you’re going to come unstuck this weekend against a team that’s highly motivated, extremely well-coached, full of high-quality players who haven’t got a European competition to worry about.
“This is their season, it’s our season. You don’t want to put all the work into a PRO14 season and then come unstuck in a semi-final by not preparing properly and giving it the credit it deserves.”