Fonotia motivated for Munster tie

19 May 2017 20:18:23 GMTPlus10

The Ospreys' poor run of form will not affect their performance in the last four of the Guinness Pro12, according to centre Kieron Fonotia.

Steve Tandy's men have struggled in the second half of the season after going from potential home semi-final contenders to finishing 16 points behind second-placed Leinster.

We've struggled a little bit along the way, but these are the games where anything can happen now.

Kieron Fonotia

They will travel to Limerick to face Munster at Thomond Park on Saturday, a daunting ground for most opponents, but Fonotia is not concerned by them scraping into the play-offs.

"I'm not too sure what it is but at the end of the day we're there now," he said. "If you had said at the start of the year we would make the semi-finals, I'm sure a lot of people round here would have taken that.

"Anything goes when you get into the semis and hopefully we can go one step further and then win a championship."

This is Fonotia's first season in Europe after playing in New Zealand for the Crusaders and the 29-year-old is excited about taking on Munster.

He added: "This is what you play rugby for. We've struggled a little bit along the way, but these are the games where anything can happen now.

"It's right up there, the standard's pretty high. It's pretty physical and I'm looking forward to, hopefully, winning this weekend.

"All the boys are really confident about going there and are looking forward to it. I've seen some pictures of the stadium and the games there and it always looks like it's pretty full. It's a game you always want to be a part of and I can't wait to get into it."

The Ospreys are 10/1 to win the Pro12 Grand Final, with Munster priced at 1/3 and Leinster available at 1212/1.

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