Friday 28 October 2016

Foley issues appeal for support

John Fallon

Published 22/04/2016 | 02:30

Munster head coach Anthony Foley. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Munster head coach Anthony Foley. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Munster will go into next Friday's crucial encounter with Edinburgh buoyed by the fact that they have held the edge in meetings against the Scots in the league.

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Next week's clash at Irish Independent Park will be the 28th between them in the league, with Munster winning 21 of those encounters.

Edinburgh have been victorious six times and there has yet to be a draw between the sides.

But Edinburgh will be boosted by the fact that they won on their last visit to the province, a 14-13 win at Thomond Park in Anthony Foley's first match in charge in September 2014.

That was Edinburgh's third success on Munster soil, winning 21-10 in the 2006-07 season, and 28-17 on their first visit in the league in 2003-04.

Munster have hosted a dozen league clashes with Edinburgh, winning nine of them.

There have been a total of 15 meetings between them in Scotland, with Munster enjoying a great record there - winning 12 and losing just three of their visits to Edinburgh.

Munster's record win over Edinburgh happened in Scotland two seasons ago when they romped home 55-12.

That was the second in a sequence of four successive wins in Edinburgh, the latest of which came earlier in this campaign when they squeezed home 16-14.

Foley will be hoping for a similar outcome against an Edinburgh side also bidding for a big finish to the season in the battle for Champions Cup qualification.

But he knows they will have their work cut out against Alan Solomons' men, especially the way the Scots came back to get a bonus point against Leinster.

"We watched Edinburgh in the RDS and they are a very good side stacked with internationals," said Foley.

"They will be a hard side to shift but we will need to shift them. We need to make sure we're ready for that job."

And Munster's head coach has appealed to supporters to turn out in force for next Friday's clash at Irish Independent Park.

"We need a massive turnout and for them to get in behind the boys. Their effort is phenomenal.

"They need all the support they can get," added Foley.



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