Galwey warns Munster to beware of hurting Blues
Published 01/10/2010 | 05:00
Munster legend Mick Galwey believes it won't be long before Leinster put their blues behind them and return to winning ways.
The Shannon man has watched on cautiously as Joe Schmidt's side have slumped to three defeats out of four, leaving them 12 points and eight places adrift of Munster in the Magners League table.
Galwey, however, feels it's only a matter of time before they rediscover some form.
"Having lost three out of four for them is a big blow. But Leinster are a class side. They've been one of the most consistent sides in Europe for the last few years and they've beaten us four times on the roll," he said.
"Every team goes through stages where they are losing games that they should be winning. But class will always shine through and I've no doubt that Leinster will come bouncing back."
Munster go into tomorrow's Magners League showdown with their arch-rivals at the Aviva Stadium as slight favourites thanks to their unbeaten start to the season, but Galwey points out that recent form counts for little in derby fixtures.
"We can all go back to the semi-final of the Heineken Cup the year before last when Munster were probably playing the best rugby of their lives," he said.
"Leinster barely scraped through against Harlequins away from home and yet they hammered us in Croke Park. So, you never take anything for granted.
"These games are always big games and it's a huge ask for Munster. Leinster certainly won't want to lose their first game at the Aviva.
"But Munster have to be professional about it. We have to deal with it like we would any other match."
Following on from tomorrow, Munster face into pivotal back-to-back Heineken Cup matches, first away to London Irish and then at home against Toulon.
"The next three weeks are going to be phenomenal and they will define our season," Galwey concluded.