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Penney's men have enough to silence Gunners

THE expectations of the many have clouded the reality of what Munster coach Rob Penney has tried to implement in his short time at the province.

IT IS simply impossible to transform the pragmatic style of Munster into what is almost the complete opposite by asking forwards to leave the comfort zone of the ruck and stand sentinel on either touchline.

Penney really needs the hard, straight running lines of his big runners working in combination with the more elusive footwork of his backs.

Munster are a work in progress. They must keep evolving into the sort of flexible unit that makes them difficult to interpret in the video review room.

They simply do not have the front-five grit of former times. What they do have is athleticism, mobility and commitment to a cause worth fighting for every day of the week.

Michael Bradley must be still trying to figure out exactly what went wrong against Saracens. The 45-0 whitewash was the most stunning result of the first round.

Lost one

It is a world-beating way back from that for the 2012 semi-finalists, especially at a venue where Munster have lost just one pool match in their time in the competition.

Penney knows Munster should have taken four points away from Racing Metro in round one. He got one for his trouble. Four, even five, at home are crucial in order to counter Saracens.

Munster v Edinburgh, Thomond Pk, Sunday 12.45 (live Sky Sports)

Verdict: Munster


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