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John Fallon

Published 08/05/2015 | 02:30

BJ Botha and Cathal Sheridan go through a warm-up drill before training ahead of tomorrow’s match against Ulster
BJ Botha and Cathal Sheridan go through a warm-up drill before training ahead of tomorrow’s match against Ulster
Paul O'Connell and Anthony Foley chat during training ahead of the crucial clash against Ulster

Something will have to give at Kingspan Stadium in east Belfast tomorrow when the team with the best home record in this season's Guinness Pro12 takes on the side with the most points picked up away from home.

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Ulster will be hoping to make it a clean sweep of home league wins this season when they take on Anthony Foley's men. They have won all ten home games.

But Munster have built a challenge towards their first league crown since 2011 by picking up 33 points on the road.

Tomorrow's encounter could be the first of three in Kingspan Stadium for Munster this month as they could be back there for a semi-final if results fall a particular way, while the revamped venue will host the Pro12 final on May 30.

"We don't by our nature don't look too far ahead," said Foley. "We understand that everybody can beat each other in this league - it has been a very competitive league this year - and it's important that we take one step at a time."

Munster's preparations for this showdown included training at Thomond Park this week.

"It is a good environment, it is a good place for us to come, it is a very good track. We are going to be playing on a good track up in Kingspan Stadium as well. It is good to train in the stadium and hopefully it gives us the benefit of playing in a big stadium," added the Munster coach.

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