Wednesday 18 October 2017

Reds building nicely for European double-header

Casey Laulala celebrates last week’s win in Glasgow, which showed the growing maturity of this Munster team
Casey Laulala celebrates last week’s win in Glasgow, which showed the growing maturity of this Munster team

Denis Leamy

That was a great win for Munster in Cardiff last weekend. The way they went about their business was really good and they had the match wrapped up by half-time.

It was one of Casey Laulala's best games for Munster, and guys like Damien Varley, Felix Jones and CJ Stander were also very effective. To get a bonus point in Cardiff is a good night's work. There is a lot there to build on.

The internationals will now be coming back and the injuries are starting to clear up. Keith Earls will play tonight against the Dragons, and the likes of Tommy O'Donnell, Donnacha Ryan and Simon Zebo will work their way back in due course.

They all have a lot to offer and, while some of them won't be back until after Christmas, it is vital that Munster are still in contention in the Heineken Cup when that happens, so a lot will hang on the back-to-back games against Perpignan.

Munster will want to go into those matches on the back of another win and hold on to top spot in the Pro12, but they will need another good performance tonight.

The Dragons will be full of confidence after winning in Glasgow, but Munster are looking good. Aside from that slip-up in Treviso, they have won every Pro12 game this season.

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