The competitiveness of the Magners League is such that Munster, despite being nine points clear are still not guaranteed anything at all given the sort of run-in they face in the coming weeks and in paticular this evening’s clash with the Blues of Cardiff.
Nevertheless, all the pressure is on the home side who simply cannot afford to slip up if they hope to nail down a place in the semis or what their bean-counters will require, a lucrative home semi-final spot.
And neither is a given.
After this evening's game, the Blues will take to the road for four of their remaining five games, three of those against neigbours, the other over in Galway which means nothing's guaranteed bar perhaps bonus points.
But then again, their Round 21 game at home to Benetton Treviso, is a racing certainty five pointer for the boyos in blue. Factor in that five and their game in hand and all of a sudden, the gap separating them from top spot could basically comes down to tonight's encounter at the Cardiff City Stadium.
That's how good this competition is.
Maybe thats why England (Inc.) should be thankful they snatched a RBS Six Nations title after a stuttering campaign where their Rose breasted best eventually, and some might claim, inevitably, were forced to play second fiddle (off key) to an Ireland Magners League, honed and hungry Ireland side.
Tonight though is a huge game. It's one Munster will not want to lose. It's one Cardiff Blues simply cannot afford to lose.
Munster: Felix Jones; Doug Howlett, Johne Murphy, Lifeimi Mafi, Keith Earls; Ronan O'Gara, Conor Murray; Wian du Preez, Damien Varley, Tony Buckley; Mick O'Driscoll. Paul O'Connell capt; Denis Leamy, Niall Ronan, James Coughlan. Replacements: Mike Sherry, Marcus Horan, Stephen Archer, Donnacha Ryan, Peter O'Mahony, Peter Stringer, Sam Tuitupou.
Cardiff Blues: Chris Czekaj; Richard Mustoe, Casey Laulala, Dafydd Hewitt, Leigh Halfpenny; Ceri Sweeney, Lloyd Williams; John Yapp, Rhys Williams, Scott Andrews; Michael Paterson, Paul Tito capt; Andries Pretorius, Martyn Williams, Xavier Rush. Replacements: Kristian Dacey, Nathan Trevett, Sam Hobbs, Bradley Davies, Mamma Molitika, Tom Slater, Dan Parks, Jamie Roberts.
Referee: Alan Lewis.