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Last Updated: Monday, 24 April 2006, 10:58 GMT 11:58 UK
Destiny not a factor - O'Connell
Munster fans celebrate as Leinster's dejected players wait for a conversion
Munster fans celebrate as Leinster's dejected players wait for a conversion
Ireland second row Paul O'Connell has dismissed suggestions that fate has decided Munster will finally win the Heineken Cup this year.

The Irish side, who have lost in two previous finals, powered into this year's final with a dominant display against Leinster on Sunday.

"The final is a great opportunity for us but it's not our destiny - the best team will win," insisted O'Connell

"There's no destiny in these things - it's about producing the goods."

Munster have an impressive record in European rugby's top club competition, having twice been finalists and regularly appearing in the latter stages, but they have never won the trophy.

Sunday's pulsating victory means they will meet French champions Biarritz, who struggled past Sale Sharks and Bath in the last two rounds, in the final on 20 May.

O'Connell was a mighty presence as Munster overpowered Irish rivals Leinster but the second row was in no mood to gloat.

"The result is brilliant for us but you have to put it down as another game. It's bragging rights and that's all," said O'Connell.

"You didn't see any of us jumping around the field after the game because we know we will have to play Leinster next year when they are sore.

"They were very gracious and that's the way it is. There is a good, healthy respect between the teams and that showed yesterday."

O'Connell expecting great final
23 Apr 06 |  European Club
Leinster 6-30 Munster
23 Apr 06 |  European Club
Biarritz 18-9 Bath
22 Apr 06 |  European Club


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