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noeasy task for munster

Gregor Townsend's troops have won admirers for the way they have played the game.

It is about time they won trophies to reflect how far they have come in a country crying out for success, any splash of success in professional rugby.

There can be a menacing atmosphere at Scotstoun, almost a soccer-type of hostility, that can raise the hairs on the back of the thickest necks.

The ground has become a fortress, for these Warriors have won their last twelve PRO12 League matches there since an unlikely loss to The Dragons in November 2013.

This is a club record.

There is something deep-rooted in the Munster psyche that makes them as fierce away as they once were at home.

Okay, they were roundly beaten by Clermont-Auvergne back-to-back in The Champions Cup.

But the first quarter revealed a club undaunted by reputation or destination.

"When you've got Glasgow, Leinster and Connacht coming up you need to maintain the same preparation and mentality that you have for Europe, otherwise you'll be in real trouble," said wing Andrew Conway.

"You'll know fairly soon that you you've made a massive mistake if you head to Glasgow thinking that this weekend is going to be any easier than previous weekends.

"Last year, we beat them at Scotstoun and that gives us a bit of confidence, knowing that we can do a job on them.

"But, the flip side of that is they had the last laugh, beating us at home in Thomond Park and also in the PRO12 semi-final last season.

"It's make or break in the coming weeks, to hopefully get back on the horse.

"After two tough weeks, you can choose to feel sorry for yourself or you can get back on the horse and that's what we need to do.

"We're top of the league at the moment and we don't want anyone to catch us."

Munster have in JJ Hanrahan a jewel, a natural footballer with time on the ball.

All the Kerryman needs is a coach who truly believes in him, one who will give him the space to make the odd mistake as he hones his game.

It is only with experience that he will learn when and where to take a chance.

Verdict: Munster


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