Sunday 30 April 2017

Saints slam fixture pile-up

Munster's Heineken Cup rivals Northampton have blasted organisers for a schedule which sees them play their final two games within five days.

The English side play host to French champions Perpignan next Sunday before travelling to Thomond Park on Friday week for what is likely to be a Pool 1 decider.

"It's a tough competition," said forwards coach Dorian West. "Perpignan one week and Munster away the next is tough with a seven-day turnaround.

"It's a little bit surprising. I can't understand how for the biggest two games of our season so far, we've been given a five-day turnaround and one of them involves getting on a plane. It (Munster) is a tough place to go and play when you're at your best and fully rested. So it's going to be a massive challenge for us.

"But we don't give in and challenges are there to be overcome. It's just a bit surprising when there's two weekends available that you're not given as much time to prepare as possible."

Hooker Jerry Flannery is set to miss Munster's remaining pool games while Marcus Horan is unlikely to travel to Treviso this weekend. Pending some club activity, he may still be available for the Northampton clash.

Irish Independent

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