Josh van der Flier has praised the Leinster medical staff for their role in helping him return to play in time for their PRO14 semi-final win over Munster in the RDS Arena.
The 24-9 win was van der Flier’s first game for the province since January after suffering a groin injury in Ireland’s Six Nations clash with France.
The 26-year-old put in an enormous shift during the game and was rewarded with the man-of-the-match award.
“All the medical staff in Leinster, they have to be some of the best in the world to get me back. It didn’t look like I would get back but I just did what they told me to do and they managed to get me back”, he told eir Sport after the game.
"Celtic Park will be a special place to play. It should be a fun week"
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It was an extremely tight and typically tetchy affair in the first half as Leinster edged a 9-6 lead at half-time thanks to a late penalty from Ross Byrne. However, Munster’s fight faded in the second half and a try from Sean Cronin left them with a mountain to climb.
James Lowe crossed the try line in the 80th minute to seal the victory for Leinster.
Van der Flier was quick to compliment his side’s disciplined defence following the game.
“It was always going to be tight. We did well to pull away a bit in the second-half. It was one of the toughest games I’ve ever played and that’s a credit to what a good team Munster are but we’re delighted with the win.
“Our discipline was pretty good and I thought our defence was outstanding. Munster attacked quite well but our defence was really good so it was a really pleasing performance.
“We have to dust ourselves off and prepare to play Glasgow in Glasgow which will be incredibly tough. Celtic Park will be a special place to play so it should be a fun week.”