Sunday 16 June 2019

Capital history has not been kind to Munster

Munster head coach Johann van Graan places out cones during squad training at the University of Limerick. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Munster head coach Johann van Graan places out cones during squad training at the University of Limerick. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

John O'Sullivan

Munster will look to end a five-year losing streak away to Leinster with victory in tomorrow's PRO14 semi-final at the RDS.

Since Munster's last victory away to Leinster at the Aviva Stadium in 2014, the Thomond Park side have tasted defeat in their five trips to Dublin, including last year's PRO14 semi-final at the RDS. 

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The margins of victory for Leinster in that time have been razor thin, with the Blues winning the games by an aggregate 29 points. 

Munster's recent record in the capital city, outside of playing Leinster, is also disappointing. In 2017, Munster lost both the PRO14 final and Champions Cup semi-final, to Scarlets and Saracens respectively, at the Aviva Stadium.

Munster can take encouragement from their 26-17 defeat of Leinster at Thomond Park in the regular season, which came off a convincing display.

Johann van Graan will be boosted by the potential return to action of Keith Earls, Joey Carbery and Rhys Marshall. The trio have returned to full training and will be in contention for selection. Carbery, who will face his former club, has been absent with a hamstring injury and will be looking to stake his claim for an Irish World Cup squad berth.

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