Tuesday 20 November 2018

Thomond a massive aid in crunch tie

Coach Johann van Graan faces the biggest game since Munster lost to Scarlets in last season's PRO12 finalJohann van graan. Photo: Sportsfile
Coach Johann van Graan faces the biggest game since Munster lost to Scarlets in last season's PRO12 finalJohann van graan. Photo: Sportsfile

David Wallace

It's a different story for Munster this time. Toulon are a much different prospect to the Toulouse side who turned up for the quarter-finals at Thomond Park for the last two seasons. It's also the biggest game since Munster lost to Scarlets in last season's PRO12 final.

In 2016-'17 Munster hosted Toulouse in Limerick, and 26,200 watched a brilliant 41-16 win over the French, after Munster had only led by 13-9 at half-time.

But these are the real Top 14 giants that Munster face tomorrow, and Toulon signalled their intent in that 49-0 rout of Clermont last weekend. It was a sensational performance of power, pace and skill.

But home advantage is massive here, as it always is, for Munster especially in the big games. If they do get a win over a team like Toulon then it's either Clermont or Racing 92 in the final four of the competition.

Munster would fancy themselves against either of those sides, an away win could be possible. This could be a harder challenge than a semi-final might turn out to be especially when you factor in injury woes.

It will take a monumental effort but certainly there is the character and potential in this team to pull it off and you wouldn't bet against Munster at home.

Irish Independent

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