Munster forwards coach Graham Rowntree insists Leinster's recent dominance over their rivals is "irrelevant" to Friday's Pro14 semi-final showdown.

The Reds have won only one of the last eight meetings between the sides, in December 2018, and have lost league semi-finals to the eastern province in the last two seasons.

Leinster also won the most recent derby encounter, albeit on a close scoreline of 27-25, but Rowntree believes Munster are only now hitting their stride after six months waiting for rugby to resume.

"It's irrelevant what's happened before," he said today. "There's been a lot of change in the group and the coaching setup since then. We're going into Friday's game ready and determined.

"Having had such a long time away from the game… we're peaking at the right time and ready for knock-out rugby."

Graham Rowntree joined Munster after leading Georgia to the 2019 World Cup

Munster lost new signing RG Snyman (cruciate ligament tear), Dave Kilcoyne (ankle) and Jean Kleyn (neck) in that defeat to Leinster but came through Sunday's big win over Connacht without further damage.

However, they have a day less to prepare than their opponents, who made 15 changes for their win over Ulster. 

"We're in great condition," said Rowntree. There are no fresh injuries and we're in good nick. We put a bank of training in this summer when mindful about what we were coming back into. The lads have recovered well.

"From what I've seen, and the data backs it up, they're in good shape. We're attacking and challenging teams and sticking to the plan in terms of how we want to play.

"We were very mindful coming back after lockdown about body hardness and contact but what they have shown is that they're contact ready.

"The short turnaround is irrelevant really because we're match-hardened now.  We've played two good games and we're ready for another one on Friday night. We're battle-ready for this game."

Munster and Leinster will meet again at an empty Aviva Stadium

Munster pushed Leinster all the way 10 days ago and could have drawn but for a missed late conversion.

They stole three opposition lineouts and were 11/11 on their own throw but Rowntree still sees scope for improvement.

"That was a proper game, wasn't it?" said Rowntree.

"That was our first hit-out since playing the Scarlets, we had no warm-up or internal game because we had a challenging 10-days heading into the return of rugby.

"We could have won that game and were gutted that we lost it. There were plenty of positives and it's given us momentum. We've got momentum and a settled team, as settled as it can be after two games.

"They’ve got a pretty good line-out. They won’t be happy with what happened that game and they’ll have been working on that.

"We leaked a couple of penalties in that game around the scrum, which disappointed me.

"Breakdown is the heartbeat of the game at the moment and we’ve got to be clinical there.

"We want to put pressure on teams but we’ve got to be mindful of putting too many people in there because Leinster, more than any other team on the planet, will find space."

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