All Irish semi-final a possibility after Edinburgh draw
28 January 2009 15:21pm
The draw in Edinburgh
It's on - Heineken Cup champions Munster could be playing arch-rivals Leinster in the semi-finals after they were paired in the draw for the last four.
The winners of the quarter-final at Thomond Park in April, when Munster host the Ospreys, will have 'home' advantage over the winners of the game between Harlequins and Leinster.
"There is huge interest in the semi-final draw for us because we have been drawn in the same side as Munster," said Leinster coach Michael Cheika.
"But we have both got a lot of work to do before then. We have regularly won on the road before and now we have to make sure we an do it again - and then again."
The last time the two teams met in the knock-out stages was at Lansdowne Road in the 2006 semi-final. On that occasion Munster won 30-6 in front of a full house of 47,800 fans before going on to win the title for the first time.
"In the Heineken Cup the first priority is to get a home draw, so we are pretty happy with that. It is a great opportunity for us," said Munster centre Rua Tipoki.
"Before we can start thinking about Leinster we have got to face the Ospreys. They will be really tough beaus they have quality players all over the paddock.
"But the incentive is now there for us to really go for it and be at home in the semi-finals."