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Tyler’s aim is victory over the Scarlets in final

TYLER Bleyendaal is big into caps and he was sporting a trendy Munster one when we spoke to him in Limerick this week. An international rugby cap remains his goal and there are many who feel that this target will be achieved before the end of 2018.
The New Zealander, who gets married in Christchurch a week after next Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 Championship final in the Aviva Stadium, will be eligible to play in the green shirt from next January and a good performance against the Scarlets, under the watchful eye of Joe Schmidt, would certainly benefit him.
“Saturday is certainly the highest profile final that I will ever have played in so I am looking forward to it,” he told us. “I played a few provincial finals in Canterbury. Scarlets are playing very well and they can put teams under a lot of pressure. Our forwards have been a good platformfor the backs the whole season. We need that to attack from and to relieve pressure so it is very important. Sometimes you have to absorb a lot of pressure, as we did last Saturday against the Ospreys in the first half. I think the Scarlets have class in their backline. Their attacking ability good and they seem to be very hungry to score tries.”
Now wrapping up his third season with Munster, Tyler said that he has enjoyed his time in Limerick: “I have been welcomed here and I’m enjoying the easy lifestyle. I feel very much at home here.”
Asked if the ‘sound of silence’in Thomond Park when he is place-kicking has an unnerving effect on him, Tyler admitted that he found it difficult to adjust to:”You know what, it was certainly a bit eerie when I first came here. The coaches here say there should be no pressure on the goal kicker, have a crack and just enjoy it. The silence is interesting. The more silent it is the more you hear everything. Sometimes I can even hear the click of the mobile phone cameras as I line up a kick. It is a very cool tradition and the fans show respect to both teams.”
The Munster out-half had praise for the entire squad who have brought the side to the semi-final of the Champions Cup and now the final of the Guinness PRO12: “Our backs have developed a lot this season and our second try last Saturday was particularly well worked. My family managed to come over last year but they will be supporting us from New Zealand in this final and watch the game over there.”

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