Munster star Ronan O’Gara described Sunday’s Heineken Cup semi-final win over Leinster as “unbelievable”…

O’Gara scored 20 points in the convincing 30-6 victory, and the Irish points machine said Munster simply had to win in Dublin.

“Unless you’re in our dressing room, you don’t know what it means to us,” he said. “We have a huge tradition and pride in where we come from.

“Getting up for today wasn’t going to be a problem. If we’d lost today, it would have been very difficult to walk the streets tomorrow. We didn’t want to let anyone down and it’s a proud day for us.

“Credit to our coaching staff … to hold Leinster tryless on the biggest day in Irish rugby is incredible.

“We have huge respect for Leinster, but we’ll enjoy the next day or two and have a good night or two.

“The hard work begins now. We’ve been to two finals and we haven’t produced the goods yet. Biarritz are the sleeping giants of this tournament  – they’ve been cruising in third gear and beating teams.”

Man of the match Paul O’Connell added: “Things went our way today. The bounce of the ball went our way and not Leinster’s.

“We played some good possession rugby. We retained the ball well and defended very well against a world-class backline.

“You always need a bit of luck in this competition. Players, coaches and fans know that this isn’t the pinnacle for us – there’s got to be something left in the tank.”