Leinster coach Michael Cheika urged his players to keep their eye on the prize after yesterday's stunning Heineken Cup semi-final victory over champions Munster.
Cheika’s side tore up the form book with a 25-6 demolition of their arch rivals in front of a record crowd of 82,208 at Croke Park.
Leinster won the game with tries from Gordon D’Arcy, Luke Fitzgerald and man-of-the-match Brian O’Driscoll but the victory was founded on an aggressive defensive performance.
Munster came into the game as odds-on favourites but were battered into submission and Leinster will head to Murrayfield on May 23 to face either Cardiff Blues or Leicester.
“We stayed composed at the right times and defensively we were up to the task,” said Cheika.
“It is exciting we have got an opportunity to play in the Heineken Cup final.
“We have had a good game today and done well and qualified for the final - but the final is not the prize.
“When we have got the trophy, they can’t take that away from us.
“We haven’t done it yet. We have won a semi-final and will have to go up against a team who are in red-hot form. We have to continue the belief we have.”
Munster coach Tony McGahan admitted he was “absolutely shattered” after an error-strewn performance and heavy defeat.
“Words couldn’t describe how difficult it is to take,” said McGahan.
“The Heineken Cup for Munster is everything and we were second best today and it will certainly hurt for a long, long time. The performance, the scoreboard and losing to Leinster obviously hurts.
“We expected Leinster to produce their best game and today they didn’t disappoint. They played on the back of a wonderful defensive display. It will take a very good side to turn them over.”