Saturday 27 May 2017

O'Mahony: 'We are in a decent position'

Munster captain Peter O'Mahony Photo: Sportsfile
Munster captain Peter O'Mahony Photo: Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Victory over Glasgow Warriors will see Munster into the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup, and after a fallow two years in Europe, supporters can almost smell knock-out rugby again.

For fans of tomorrow's opponents the latter stages of the competition are something to be imagined, but victory for Gregor Townsend's side will renew their hopes of reaching the last eight for the first time in their history.

The closest they came to the quarter-final stages of Europe's elite competition was their quarter-final play-off defeat way back in 1997-'98 where they lost heavily to Leicester Tigers.

When the sides last met Munster edged a tight game in the Pro12 on a 16-15 scoreline, while their bonus-point win earlier in the pool at Thomond Park did not reflect Warriors' qualities on a difficult occasion for both teams.

Since that setback Warriors have won all five of their games and now only trail Munster by five points, although they have played one game more that Munster.

For Munster skipper Peter O'Mahony, a return to knockout rugby would be a great reward for some excellent displays in the competition so far this season.

"To come away to France against a side with the quality that Racing have and put in a performance like that, you have to take a huge amount of confidence from it.

"We've put ourselves in a decent position. You know, as we do, that in this competition it's week by week and anything can happen.

"We've got to recover now and we have a massive test against an extremely good Glasgow side. A big week."

While the last two seasons have disappointed on the European front, Munster can draw from a wealth of experience in the competition having reached the latter stages in 15 of the 16 seasons.

Irish Independent

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