Monday 22 January 2018

Perpignan v Munster -- Guide to the Game

Peter O'Mahony
Peter O'Mahony

Ruaidhri O\'Connor

Form guide: Perpignan WLLLL, Munster WWWWW

Match betting: Perpignan 11/10, Munster 8/11, Draw 20/1

Handicap: Perpignan (+2) 10/11, Munster (-2) 10/11, Draw (2.0) 20/1

KEY MAN

Peter O'Mahony (Munster)

The captain bullied the Catalans last weekend and will be a marked man this time around. His bloody single-mindedness, refusal to go backwards and nous at the breakdown make the Corkman a terror to play against and he'll need to be at his abrasive best.

3 THINGS MUNSTER MUST DO

1 Protect and support Sheridan

Cathal Sheridan is a fine prospect, but taking charge of a backline in the backwaters of the Pro12 is a different world to what he faces today. The Sligo native will need the full backing of the leaders in the pack as he looks to fill Conor Murray's shoes and command the game.

2 Fix their line-out woes

Luke Charteris' absence will ease the pressure on Damien Varley's throwing this week, but Munster's line-out woes went deeper than the hooker's accuracy as the timing and the lifting went awry. Rob Penney will be hoping that Donnacha Ryan's presence will help settle things as securing primary possession is crucial.

3 Silence the crowd

Stade Aime Giral is one of Europe's most fearsome venues, but the hosts are coming into this clash on a four-game losing streak and without some big names. A good start could see the locals turning on their own quite early.

Irish Independent

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