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'We're going to London to win!' - Muller

Johann Muller insists that Saturday’s Heineken Cup final will be anything but a procession for Leinster.

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ULSTER CAPTAIN JOHANN Muller has warned Leinster that his side will be doing much more than making up the numbers in this Saturday’s Heineken Cup final in Twickenham.

The defending champions are overwhelming favourites to retain their crown against an Ulster outfit in their first final since winning trophy in 1999.

The Springbok, having played in a Super 14 final and watched a World Cup final from the bench, says this is as big a game as he has been involved in.

He knows too, that the tag of underdogs is much coveted and so gratefully accepted it as he heaped more pressure on Joe Schmidt’s side.

“There is probably a little bit more pressure on (Leinster) than there is on us. They are overwhelming favourites.

“We almost don’t have anything to lose – that’s probably what the public and the media may think. From our point of view as a group of players and coaching staff we’ve got one goal and one goal only and that’s to go to Twickenham on Saturday to win.

“It’s not to make up the numbers, not to play in a Heineken Cup final. Yes it’s a good achievement, but we haven’t achieved anything yet. I think we’ll be really disappointed if we finish this season without silverware.”

Leinster, have another shot a trophy in the Pro12, but having come through a punishing semi-final against Glasgow they are in stark contrast to the northern province who have been able to concentrate on Twickenham for two or three weeks.

In that time they were able to escape the hype surrounding Belfast and take refuge in Portugal. Don’t be fooled by the sun tan, however.

“It wasn’t a holiday, firstly.” Muller assured the swelled numbers at Ulster’s base at Newforge, “One of the reasons we went down to Portugal was to get some contact work in and try to keep it as close to game related as possible.

“We did a huge amount of work down in Portugal and it went really well. We are all fresh and ready to go, hopefully the time off won’t influence us too badly in not being sharp – we’ll only be able to tell on Saturday if it worked or not.”

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