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Munster players during training. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/SPORTSFILE

Munster players during training. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/SPORTSFILE

Munster players during training. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/SPORTSFILE

THE guaranteed fanatical Munster atmosphere in Limerick will be underlined by the coaches, players and supporters knowing exactly what they need – in terms of points difference and tries – to possibly secure a home quarter-final.

There will be no need to stoke the motivational fires after what happened in round one and what is on the line in two days' time.

Edinburgh stands proud as the club with the best tackle success rate (91pc) in the competition, missing just four of them against Munster at Murrayfield in October.

This single statistic is proof positive that Rob Penney's men will have to earn every yard, every point, every try in pursuit of a big knockout payday back by the Shannon.

There is a backbone of quality leadership that is beginning to develop through captain Peter O'Mahony, Tommy O'Donnell, Conor Murray, all on the back of that man Paul O'Connell.

The legacy of O'Connell may just be felt from the force of his personality, lesser mortals seeing what it takes to become a champion and how to stay one.

Munster v Edinburgh, Thomond Park, Sunday (KO 12.45) Live Sky Sports 2

Verdict: Munster


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