Tuesday 26 September 2017

Johann Muller insists ‘fresh’ Ulster can ruin Leinster double bid for Heineken Cup

Ulster's Johann Muller, right, alongside head coach Brian McLaughlin during a press conference ahead of their Heineken Cup final against Leinster on Saturday. Photo: Sportsfile
Ulster's Johann Muller, right, alongside head coach Brian McLaughlin during a press conference ahead of their Heineken Cup final against Leinster on Saturday. Photo: Sportsfile

ULSTER captain Johann Muller believes all the pressure is on Leinster ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup final at Twickenham and says his side are convinced they can topple the favourites.

Leinster are bidding to become only the second side to win back-to-back Heineken Cup titles, but have injury concerns over Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy and Rob Kearney, while Ulster will welcome back flanker Chris Henry after an ankle problem.

While Leinster had to battle through a bruising Pro12 semi-final with Glasgow last Saturday, Ulster had the weekend off after enjoying a training break in Portugal. It has left the province feeling fit and refreshed, says Muller.

"There is probably a little bit more pressure on Leinster than there is on us, they are overwhelming favourites," he said.

"Portugal went really well, we are fresh and ready to go."

Henry missed the semi-final win over Edinburgh but was included in Brian McLaughlin's extended squad yesterday and declared himself ready for action.

"I am feeling good, the ankle is fine," said Henry.

"This is probably the first time that Leinster and Ulster will be parading their full teams against each other, so it will be interesting."

O'Driscoll remains the major worry for Leinster after undergoing keyhole surgery to trim cartage in his knee, but the indications are that prop Cian Healy will be available for selection after his leg injury against Glasgow.

Meanwhile, Munster have confirmed that full-back Felix Jones is out of Ireland's summer tour to New Zealand and will be out of action for four months after shoulder surgery next week.

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