Friday 22 November 2019

Quarter-final opponents face tricky South African expedition

Edinburgh Rugby's South African fly-half Jaco van der Walt. Photo: Getty Images
Edinburgh Rugby's South African fly-half Jaco van der Walt. Photo: Getty Images

Declan Rooney

Victory over Exeter Chiefs last weekend secured Munster's spot in the Champions Cup quarter-finals, and after the six pool games they finished as fifth seeds. As a result, they will take on fourth seed Edinburgh in the last eight, with the game taking place in Murrayfield in the last weekend in March.

When the sides last met, Munster strolled to a 44-14 victory over the Scottish outfit at Irish Independent Park, although the win was earned against a well below full strength Edinburgh side.

The teams met on two occasions last season, with Munster edging a very tight PRO14 quarter-final at Thomond Park by four points, while on their last trip top Murrayfield, Munster lost out by 12-6 in March 2018.

Edinburgh were impressive winners of Pool 5 in Europe and they secured top spot with a 19-10 win against French big spenders Montpellier, with Darcy Graham's try and Jaco van der Walt to the fore.

Edinburgh are on their travels this week as they face Southern Kings at the Nelson Mandela University stadium, and they'll hope to cement their second place in Conference B in the coming weeks.

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