"Munster were such difficult opponents and still are in every game." he continued. "They really want to beat you especially in the derby matches and in those games, desire is probably bigger than the technical viewpoint.
And in explaining how to create the type of crowd passion so famously lacking in Leinster supporters prior to his arrival, Cheika said, " Leinster were always associated with flashy football and we didn't want to change that. But we just wanted to add a bit of steel, to give our people what they want, which is a team that believes in itself.
"Munster do that all the time; they have a great identity, that earthy sort of feel about them.
"I loved the games against them and I was very respectful of their pedigree, their history."