Wednesday 16 October 2019

Van Graan's side aim for opening hat-trick

Munster manager Johann van Graan. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Munster manager Johann van Graan. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Daragh Small

Victory over Cheetahs at altitude in Bloemfontein this evening will secure Munster's third win in a row at the start of the PRO14.

Munster began the current campaign with bonus-point wins over Dragons and Southern Kings and it would be their seventh time completing that feat.

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The league was formed in 2001 and after a couple of wins against Edinburgh and Connacht, Munster came up short when they made the trip to the Gnoll and Neath beat them 30-22.

The following season Munster won their first four league games when they defeated Llanelli, Ebbw Vale, Edinburgh and Swansea.

But they didn't put three wins in a row together at the start of the season again until 2008-'09, when they got the better of Edinburgh, Newport Gwent Dragons and Cardiff Blues.

In 2010-'11, Munster were victorious against Aironi, Edinburgh and Ospreys. The next season Dragons, Glasgow Warriors and Scarlets were put to the sword.

It wasn't until 2015-'16, when they beat Treviso, Ospreys and Glasgow Warriors, that Munster continued the winning sequence. In 2017-'18 they were the winners against Benetton Rugby, Cheetahs and Ospreys at the start of the season.

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