Friday 9 December 2016

Pool rivals return to league action

European Watch

Declan Rooney

Published 28/10/2016 | 02:30

Owen Williams and his Leicester Tigers team-mates will take on Munster at Thomond Park in the Champions Cup on December 10. Picture: Reuters
Owen Williams and his Leicester Tigers team-mates will take on Munster at Thomond Park in the Champions Cup on December 10. Picture: Reuters

Munster will host Leicester Tigers in the first of their back-to-back games in Rounds 3 and 4 of the Champions Cup, and the English Premiership side will be hopeful of a good run in the coming six weeks following their impressive triumph over Racing 92 in Europe last weekend.

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Thomond Park is sure to be buoyant when Munster's great European rivals come to town on Saturday, December 10, but Rassie Erasmus' side will have to keep a close eye on Freddie Burns if last weekend is anything to go by.

The former England out-half came off the bench against Racing 92 and scored an impressive 16 points including a breakaway try for his side, who denied the French champions a losing bonus point with a strong finish.

After their meeting with Munster was postponed in Round 1, Racing currently sit at the bottom of the group with no points, but they will be keen to get back to the winner's enclosure when they travel to Bayonne tomorrow in Top 14 action. One win from eight is a record that suggests Bayonne may be easy pickings, but Racing have yet to win on the road this season and Bayonne have won one and drawn two of their four home fixtures.

Leicester also return to league action tomorrow when they travel to leaders and champions Saracens, while Glasgow Warriors will be hopeful of victory at home to Benetton Treviso tonight.

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