Rob Kearney has warned that the Heineken Cup final is far from the foregone conclusion that may people think it is and feels that Ulster will pose a huge threat to Leinster’s goal of retaining the Heineken Cup.
The Leinster full back, who scored the winning drop goal against Clermont, is taken nothing for granted ahead of the first all Ireland Heineken Cup final.
Speaking to erc.com Kearney said “Ulster really deserve to be in the final. They’ve had a fantastic season and they’ve had some big wins along the way.
“We’re going to need to up our game if we want to beat them. We know we’re in for a right battle.
“Ulster have had a fantastic season, credit where credit is due. They beat Clermont at home which isn’t easy and they gave it a right go away from home. They’re flying high and they’re very confident at the moment.
“They were missing some key players when we played them (in the league) last week and those key players make a huge difference to their team. When they have those back for the final, it will be a completely different game and they’ll be much tougher opposition.
“We were probably a little bit lucky at the end against Clermont – nine times out of 10 Fofana scores that try – but we’ll take it when it’s there.
“We had to dig really deep at the end and our forwards on the front line, I can’t speak highly enough of them.”
Kearney’s drop goal was just one of the highlights for a player that has roared back into life having missed last year’s final due to injury.
“As the lads were saying inside the dressing room, a five-minute cameo and that’s all I did in the whole game! I’ve tried enough drop goals and I’ve missed them so it’s nice to finally see one go between the sticks.
“We haven’t used the move (that led to Healey’s try) since Christmas. It’s something we knew we were going to score off – we just had that belief. The last game we used it was Cardiff Blues away at Christmas and we scored off it then.
“We knew that if we got any sort of a lead it was going to be difficult for them to get back down and get some field position because there was a stronger wind than it appeared.”