Friday 19 January 2018

Reds need to make history in Glasgow showdown

John Fallon

Munster's semi-final with Glasgow Warriors – presuming that tomorrow's final round of games go as expected – will take place next Friday evening at Scotstoun.

And the other semi-final between Leinster and Ulster at the RDS will take place on Saturday next weekend.

However, if there is a surprise this weekend and Glasgow Warriors slip up at home to Zebre and the Scots have to travel to Thomond Park next week, then the fixtures' dates will be switched.

The Leinster v Ulster semi-final would then take place on Friday and Munster's clash with Glasgow would go ahead on Saturday.

However, it seems inevitable that Munster will have to travel and in the process bid to make history by becoming the first side to win a semi-final away from home since the play-off system was introduced.

Ospreys are the only side to win an away game in the play-offs, edging out Leinster 17-10 in the inaugural final at the RDS in 2010 and then repeating the feat two years later when they won 31-30.

That said, strictly speaking Leinster were the 'away' team when they defeated Ulster 24-18 at the RDS in the final last year as Ravenhill had not been developed and was unable to host the final.

But it is clear Munster will be trying to buck the trend next Friday in Glasgow – presuming tomorrow's games go to form.

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