Thursday 14 November 2019

Foley warns of Connacht danger

Munster trio Simon Zebo, Keith Earls and Felix Jones in training prior to the game against Connacht tomorrow
Munster trio Simon Zebo, Keith Earls and Felix Jones in training prior to the game against Connacht tomorrow

John Fallon

Munster coach Anthony Foley says his men will not lack incentive when they take on Connacht in tomorrow's Guinness Pro12 clash at Thomond Park (5.15pm).

This is Munster's last scheduled game at Thomond Park this season - unless they host a Pro12 semi-final - while Munster will also be bidding to avoid going down to Connacht for the second time this season.

That has never happened before and Foley will be keen his men reverse the New Year's Day loss in the Sportsground and in the process continue their drive for the Pro12 title.

Munster have not lost a league game at Thomond Park since going down 19-14 to Ospreys back in September and since then have triumphed in all five league matches played at the Limerick venue.

But Foley warned that they will need to be on top of their game if they are to maintain their good run at the venue against a Connacht side who have not won there since 1986.

"Connacht are sixth at the moment in the table. They've beat us up in the Sportsground over Christmas so we understand how good they are.

"We understand where they are in the table and it's important we go out and concentrate on ourselves and make sure we bring out a big performance because we'll need it," said Foley.

His men are looking to bounce back after losing last time out to Ospreys and head into the final block of games with just eight points between the top five sides in the table.

Munster will not be in action next week but will head to Edinburgh the following week.

They will then host Treviso in Irish Independent Park on Saturday, April 25, while their final game of the season has been confirmed for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday, May 16, against Dragons at the Cork venue.

The date and time for the second last game of the season away to Ulster is expected to be confirmed early next week.

But for now Foley is just anxious for them to get this block of games off to a winning start as Munster bid to make up for the disappointment of their early European exit by lifting the league crown, as they did the last time they did not reach the Heineken Cup quarter-finals in 2011.

Irish Independent

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