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Wallace undaunted by Thomond

Ireland centre Paddy Wallace aims to destroy the Thomond Park "mystique" surrounding Munster and their love affair with the Heineken Cup in the quarter-final clash at lunch time (1.45pm) in Limerick tomorrow.

The northern travelling hordes -- estimated at 6,500 -- will cross all fingers in the hope that Stephen Ferris will be able to prove his fitness in the pre-match warm-up.

It could prove decisive.



Edge

Ulster will bring the southern hemisphere edge provided by World Cup winner John Afoa and South Africans Johann Muller, Pedrie Wannenburg and, most importantly, Ruan Pienaar.

Wallace believes Ulster will travel in confidence: "No matter who you get in the knockout stages it will be tough and there can't be many bigger asks than Munster away from him," he said.

"There's a massive mystique about Munster but that isn't as big a factor for us as it perhaps is for French or English clubs.

"We know them well, we mix with their players and there's that familiarity with them which other teams don't have," added Wallace.

Munster have had their time in the sun since the turn of the century, scooping two Heineken Cups, while Ulster's European campaigns have slipped away from them like sand through their fingers.

Coach Tony McGahan has been able to recall the iconic Paul O'Connell, lock Donnacha Ryan and scrum-half Conor Murray in a significant triple boost.

McGahan has also shown the virtue of leaving at the end of the season, by choosing hooker Mike Sherry, 23, and flanker Tommy O'Donnell, 24, to make their first Heineken Cup starts in something of a gamble.

Sherry is a typical Munster firebrand who could quickly move into international contention if he can do from the kick-off what he does as an impact replacement.

Damien Varley has paid the price for his wayward throwing against Leinster and David Wallace is not ready to play from the first whistle.

They will probably need to call on all their resources before the afternoon is out in what could be a thriller.

Munster: F Jones; D Hurley, K Earls, L Mafi, S Zebo; R O'Gara, C Murray; W du Preez, M Sherry, BJ Botha, D Ryan, P O'Connell (capt), P O'Mahony, T O'Donnell, J Coughlan.

Ulster: S Terblanche; A Trimble, D Cave, P Wallace, C Gilroy; I Humphreys, R Pienaar; T Court, R Best, J Afoa, J Muller (capt), D Tuohy, S Ferris, C Henry, P Wannenburg.

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