Thursday 17 April 2014

We will not underestimate gutsy Munster, insists Cotter

Clermont Auvergne coach Vern Cotter said they would pay a huge price if they underestimate Munster in tomorrow's Heineken Cup semi-final.

The Kiwi dismissed odds by some bookmakers making his side 1/8 favourites to win at Stade de la Mosson tomorrow.

"I don't really look at that type of thing. It is not really important. We know after seeing what they did against Harlequins what Munster are capable of," said Cotter. "I think Munster have looked backwards to move forwards. I think they have gone back to their DNA. It will start with their forward pack. And then it will be backed up by Ronan O'Gara, with his tactical kicking.

"They have a big centre in Downey that will try and break the advantage line and they'll play off that. They have a finisher, their X-factor player in Zebo. He is going to be a guy to obviously keep an eye on. They are a good team," added Cotter, who guided Clermont to their first Top 14 crown three seasons ago after 10 final defeats

The New Zealander said they got a lesson from Munster in Thomond Park in 2007 and 2008 and, while things have changed in the interim, Cotter believes any side who underestimates Munster will be left licking their wounds.

"They are a gutsy lot. They have got their leader back in Paul O'Connell. They've drawn the wagons around and they are ready to have a crack," he said.

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