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Best relishing Munster showdown


Neil Best

Neil Best

Neil Best

Ireland international Neil Best insists Northampton will not be daunted by the prospect of meeting Munster in Limerick on Saturday.

The trophy treble-chasing Saints head to Thomond Park for a mouth-watering Heineken Cup quarter-final appointment. Best and company can take heart from a 31-27 pool stage victory over Munster earlier this season, while the return fixture produced a tense 12-9 defeat at Thomond Park when Saints could easily have won.

"I know none of our players will be daunted by going there in the quarter-finals," said former Ulster flanker Best. "That last match gave us a lot of confidence. The big thing is that we believe in ourselves wherever we are playing, and know we could have won that match at Thomond in January."

He added: "All in all it is going to be a very difficult encounter, but we are also a good team.

"People were saying that our home win against them in the pool stage was one of the best games they had seen in years.

"We played really well in matching their ferocity and intensity, and tactically we were very clever. It was certainly a great match to play in and to win."

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