Paul O'Connell knows his Munster side were made to fight for their place in next month's Heineken Cup final.
Victorious Munster captain knows his man-of-the-match performance helped his side squeeze past Saracens into an epic final clash with Toulouse in VCardiff on May 25.
Bit the Irish Cup kings were made to fight for their lives by a gallant Saracens effort before coming through 18-16 and the tension of the final minutes was certainly felt by the talismanic second-row. He said:
"That was probably to close for comfort but we have worked very hard on our defence and it has improved a great deal. We were under a lot of pressure there but we soaked it up.
"They are a fine team with serious players and there was a lot of emotion attached to that game today. It was Richard Hill's last opportunity for silverware and then there's Alan Gaffney so we're very happy.
"We scored two very good tries, Quinny's having a very good season and his try was great.
"As far as the final goes, we're delighted to be heading back to Cardiff. Our matches with Toulouse in the past have all been massive encounters and this one will be no different".
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