Monday 1 May 2017

Five of the best will do at Thomond

Munster's CJ Stander. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Munster's CJ Stander. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Munster will hope to claim a fifth win in a row at Thomond Park when they welcome Alan Solomons' Edinburgh to the Limerick venue tomorrow afternoon (3.00).

Munster's last defeat at the venue came last Christmas when Leinster outclassed the home side to picked up a 24-7 win, but they have responded with four wins - three in the Pro 12 and one against Stade Francais in the Champions Cup.

It is remarkable that Munster have played 18 games since that loss last December, with three games taking place at the newly developed Irish Independent Park, while another 11 games were played away from home.

And the statistics suggest that Munster will take the win from this encounter, with the Reds emerging victorious from the last three meetings between the sides.

However, Edinburgh won at Thomond Park in Anthony Foley's first game there as head coach back in 2014-15 season. In his maiden clash at Thomond Rassie Erasmus will hope to avoid a similar fate.

Last weekend Edinburgh fell to defeat at the hands of Leinster, but they will be encouraged by a bright second-half display. In their only away game so far this season Edinburgh lost out to Cardiff in week one.

Last year's captain CJ Stander is desperate to make it a tough venue to for teams to visit.

"We kept on saying last year that you want to make your home a fortress and win all your games, and we couldn't," he said.

"So that Cardiff game is always going to hang over us to use as an example, that feeling we had after the match, in the match, just the way we didn't use our opportunities.

"We want to make Thomond Park and Irish Independent Park a fortress.

" We slipped up the first night but hopefully this weekend we can step up and change that."

Irish Independent

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