Saturday 17 August 2019

Time to pass the biggest test of the season - Van Graan

Munster head coach Johann van Graan. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Munster head coach Johann van Graan. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Munster coach Johann van Graan has called on his side to win their "biggest game of the season" when they travel to the RDS next weekend to face champions Leinster in the PRO14 semi-final.

If Munster can topple Leo Cullen's side they face another away day for the league final, which takes place at Celtic Park in Glasgow on Saturday, May 25.

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With Glasgow Warriors facing Ulster in the other semi-final there is the prospect of an all-Irish final in Scotland, or a hometown decider for Warriors against Munster or Leinster.

"After the last game against Connacht, we pretty much knew what was going to be the route. That meant playing Benetton first, if you hopefully get past them, you've got to go to Leinster and if you get past there, you go to Glasgow for a final," said Van Graan.

"They're playing the Champions Cup final, they're the current European and PRO14 champions, so that will be our biggest game of the season going down to the RDS.

"It's been an emotional roller-coaster after the last seven or eight weeks. Our team haven't had a bye week as of yet since the Zebre game, it's been pretty much all guns blazing every week."

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