Leinster’s defeat in the Champions Cup final has increased the possibility of Munster defeating their inter-provincial rivals ahead of Saturday’s game at the RDS, according to James Downey.

Leo Cullen’s hopes of managing the province to an unprecedented back-to-back European and Pro 14 double went up in smoke in Newcastle as Saracens powered to a deserved 20-10 victory at the weekend.

  

Now they must pick themselves back up for the Guinness Pro14 semi-final at the RDS and Downey, who represented both sides during his playing career, told the RTÉ Rugby podcast that Johann van Graan’s underdogs now have a better chance of a rare victory in Dublin.

"I think they can," he responded when asked whether Munster can upset the hosts on their own turf.

"Leinster aren’t used to losing finals. To pick yourself back up and go into a derby isn’t easy.

"If Leinster had won at the weekend, I’d say no way"

"Munster have lost a lot of semi-finals and it is a great chance for them to do a job on Leinster.

"If Leinster had won at the weekend, I’d say no way (Munster winning)...no matter who they (Leinster) come up against, they have that nous, but there’s a little chink in the armour now and they could be vulnerable."

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