Johann van Graan said Munster will embrace the opportunity to "measure ourselves against the best" when they travel to face the Champions Cup victors Leinster at the RDS this Saturday.
Leo Cullen's men won a fourth European crown in Bilbao after an attritional, scrappy slaying of Racing 92.
It sets them up for a home derby in the Pro14 semi-finals as they look to make it a perfect campaign, and though Van Graan accepts his team are facing a huge challenge, it's one he says they'll relish.
"All credit to Leinster," the South African told RTÉ Sport.
"If you look at their Champions Cup season, Montpellier, they beat them home and away, they beat Exeter, top of the Premiership, home and away and they beat Glasgow who had the most points in the Pro14.
"They beat Saracens, last year's champions, they beat the Scarlets, the Pro14 champions. They are deserving champions but they are not things we can control. We're also pretty proud of our season this far. We're still on the up and wanting to improve our game."
In injury news, Andrew Conway continues to follow return-to-play protocols and is a doubt for Saturday but Chris Cloete (arm), Niall Scanell, John Ryan (back), and Brian Scott (ribs) are all scheduled to get back in training this week.
Munster were outclassed by Racing in the Champions Cup semis and denied a shot at their provincial rivals in the decider.
This then is a chance for them to make a statement, and to steal some of Leinster's thunder.
"We'd have preferred to have been in Spain over the weekend but that wasn't to be," Van Graan added.
"Everybody knows this is the week we need to perform. We're looking forward to going and measuring ourselves against the best.
"You've got to embrace these moments. You work the whole season to get to a semi-final. I can't think of a bigger challenge than going to face Leinster in their own ground.
"They are formidable opponents but we're looking forward to this one."