Tuesday 21 November 2017

Toulon won't fear anything Munster can throw at them, insists Penney

Munster's Conor Murray in action against Paul O'Connell during squad training ahead of their Heineken Cup semi-final against Toulon on Sunday
Munster's Conor Murray in action against Paul O'Connell during squad training ahead of their Heineken Cup semi-final against Toulon on Sunday
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

TOULON have already booked their accommodation in Cardiff for the Heineken Cup final, according to Munster coach Rob Penney, who believes the European champions do not fear his team.

The New Zealander remains hopeful that Donnacha Ryan and JJ Hanrahan could yet play some part in Sunday's semi-final against the expensively-assembled French side, while Casey Laulala has recovered in time to face off against Mathieu Bastareaud and James Cronin's return will bolster Penney's front-row options.

Bernard Laporte's side overpowered Leinster in an awesome performance to book their place in the last four and, ahead of their meeting at Marseille's Stade Velodrome, the Munster supremo is impressed with the weapons available to the former France coach.

CALIBRE

"They won't fear us going down there. They wouldn't have seen anything that is to be fearful of with the calibre of people they have got available to them," Penney said.

"There's going to be lots of stuff thrown at us and it will be new for a lot of our boys. Just about every player in their squad has some form of international experience.

"They've talked about doing the double, they've booked their accommodation in Cardiff so they're expecting to be in the final."

Munster will be hoping that the fact that Toulon's administrators are planning ahead leads the team to taking their eye off the ball.

"It depends how they treat it," the Munster coach replied when asked if it might work in their favour.

"It would be dangerous for any team to underestimate any other team and I don't think they will do that because of the calibre and experience that they have got, they will just know how to get themselves in the right frame of mind for a big game.

"They have talked about doing the double. They don't want to let it slip through not getting the right preparation done. "They will be up for the challenge and I don't think they will be frightened by anything that we have got."

Irish Independent

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