Friday 24 November 2017

Red Army favourite Mafi to miss out on Thomond return

John Fallon

The Heineken Cup will take a back seat until December, when all of Munster's focus will switch to the back-to-back clashes with Perpignan.

The Catalans kept their qualification hopes alive when they came from behind to defeat Edinburgh 31-14 and go top of Pool 6.

Former Munster centre Lifeimi Mafi will miss the first game against the Reds in Limerick having been given a six-week ban following his red card picked up in the loss against Gloucester, but he will be back for the game at Stade Aime Giral.

Perpignan are sixth in the Top 14, just three points behind leaders Toulon, and entertain Bordeaux tomorrow.

Edinburgh, who led at half-time in Perpignan on Sunday after their shock win over Munster, will bid to get off the bottom of the Pro12 when they take on Benetton Treviso at Murrayfield tonight.

Gloucester clearly had one eye on tonight's west country derby away to Bath when they decided to make a dozen changes for the trip to Thomond Park last weekend.

The Cherry and Whites have only won two of five Premiership games this season.

Irish Independent

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