Friday 27 April 2018

Toulouse pack a real punch, warns Madigan

Ian Madigan
Ian Madigan

John Fallon

Ian Madigan believes that if Munster stick to the game-plan which has served them so well all season then they will triumph against Toulouse.

Madigan is in a perfect position to assess Toulouse, having played them last Saturday when Bordeaux came from behind to win 20-11.

And while Toulouse are heading to Thomond on the back of five defeats in their last six outings, Madigan has warned that the four-time Heineken Cup champions can pack a real punch.

"They have a big strong pack with a good lineout and powerful maul. They also have some real quality backs, evasive speedy players like (Gael) Fickou, (Maxime) Medard and (Yoann) Huget.

"Those guys are proven internationals and with space are very dangerous."

But Madigan believes that Munster are in the driving seat going into this fixture and should advance to a Champions Cup semi-final showdown against either reigning champions Saracens or Glasgow Warriors.

"I've been really impressed with Munster this season. They are a very hard team to break down in defence and smart and physical in attack.

"And I think they just need to focus on executing the game plan that has been working for them," he added.

Madigan, who turned 28 last week and got his 30th Irish cap on the tour to South Africa in June, is getting ready for his summer move to Bristol where he will link up with Pat Lam. But he is aiming to finish his season in France on a high, having cut short his two-year deal with Bordeaux-Begles.

Bordeaux-Begles are currently seventh in the Top 14, one spot below a play-off place with four games left.

Just seven points separate Toulon in fourth and Lyon in 11th and Madigan knows that a couple of more good results could secure a place in the knockout stages and that, after that, anything can happen.

Next up for them is a trip to La Rochelle, the side which are on their way to doing what Connacht and Leicester City did last year when coming from nowhere to lift titles.

La Rochelle currently lead the Top 14 by 11 points from Clermont Auvergne.

Irish Independent

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