Sunday 20 August 2017

McGahan talks up Munster resolve

Hugh Farrelly

Munster do comebacks too.

That was the message from coach Tony McGahan yesterday ahead of Saturday's Magners League Grand Final against European champions Leinster at a sold-out Thomond Park.

All week, Leinster have basked in the glory of their remarkable Heineken Cup Lazaraus act last weekend, when they overcame a 22-6 half-time deficit against Northampton to land their second European title in three years.

It makes them favourites to complete an unprecedented Magners League-Heineken Cup double this weekend, but McGahan is taking heart from the league meeting at the same venue last month when Munster fought back in the second half to end a run of four defeats to their rivals.

"To regroup and come back with a change of focus, to turn the scrum around, was excellent," said McGahan of Leinster's display.

"But we've got recent history with regards to that. Four or five weeks ago at Thomond Park, we were down 20-9 at half-time. We turned that around and came back to get the result, 24-23. So we understand the strength they have, but also recognise what we can achieve too," he added, dismissing any notions of a Leinster hangover from last weekend.

"They won't want to let what they have achieved slip at this point -- the opportunity to achieve something special doesn't present itself (that often)."

The Australian has named a 26-man squad with the Sale-bound duo of Tony Buckley and Sam Tuitupou not included due to injury.

Meanwhile, McGahan was extremely positive about Jerry Flannery's recovery work and said Munster would endorse any moves by the IRFU to get him game time in the southern hemisphere to help him prepare for the World Cup.

Irish Independent

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