Tuesday 23 January 2018

Foley: 'Let's get some revenge'

Anthony Foley's Munster side will be looking to even up the record against champions Glasgow Warriors
Anthony Foley's Munster side will be looking to even up the record against champions Glasgow Warriors

John Fallon

Munster will not lack incentive for this evening's first Guinness Pro12 game of the season at Thomond Park when they take on champions Glasgow Warriors.

This will be Munster's first opportunity to gain some measure of revenge for their 31-13 loss to the Scots in the final at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast back in May.

And it will also be an opportunity for Anthony Foley's men to correct the recent record between the sides which has seen Glasgow come out on top in four of their last five meetings.

That upper hand by Warriors in the past couple of years runs contrary to the overall record which has seen Munster win 15 of their 26 meetings, with Glasgow coming out on top in ten and there was an 11-11 draw between them in 2007-08.

Munster have won nine of the dozen league clashes which have taken place between the sides in Limerick and Cork, with Glasgow's last win in Thomond Park coming 16 months ago when they triumphed 22-5.

Munster have won six and lost six away from home against Glasgow in the league.

The final loss in May in Belfast was Munster's only defeat in their last nine league games, while Foley's men have won all nine home matches at Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park since the Champions Cup loss to Clermont Auvergne last December.

The World Cup ensures that the team sheets for this evening's clash will be significantly different to the clash in the final at Kingspan Stadium.

Munster are bidding to maintain their winning start to the season and Foley is hopeful of a big Thomond Park crowd, despite the 6.0pm kick-off on a Friday evening.

"It's the first game at Thomond Park and I'd like to think people would come out to support us with the carrot that it's Glasgow who beat us in the final last year," said Foley.

"I think Munster people have always been good to support when we need it and we desperately need it on Friday night.

"I think our product has been quite good in the opening part of the season; Treviso, we got a good result there in the first game up and we were particularly good in the final 10 minutes against Ospreys who had put us to the pin of our collars," said Foley.

Irish Independent

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