Wednesday 28 September 2016

Form guide predicts tight tussle against 'quality outfit'

Declan Rooney

Published 29/05/2015 | 02:30

Paul O’Connell in training ahead of what is likely to be his final game for Munster
Paul O’Connell in training ahead of what is likely to be his final game for Munster

After continuously progressing for the last four years many people might feel this is Glasgow's turn to win the Pro12, but Munster's form this season has been just as good as Gregor Townsend's side.

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Both sides have only lost five of their 23 domestic games. Glasgow have one more win in the bag, with Munster drawing two to the Scots' one.

And while the Warriors have amassed more try bonus points (nine) than Munster's eight, Anthony Foley's troops are the more free-scoring, with 71 tries - six more than Glasgow - and have a better defensive record.

The form guide is tough to pick a winner from. In their last 11 games Munster have lost just once - away to Ospreys in March - while Warriors suffered a similar defeat at the Liberty Stadium in the penultimate round - but also lost to Munster back in February.

That was the last meeting of the sides, and Munster took a try bonus point from Irish Independent Park, but the Scots won when the sides clashed at Scotstoun.

"They're a quality side. I've been really impressed with them certainly this year," said Munster captain Peter O'Mahony.

"Over the last two or three years they've evolved into a really quality outfit. Over the last eight or nine months they've certainly been the best team in the competition but it's down to a final now."

Irish Independent

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