Munster hope to press home advantage at Thomond Park

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Munster Rugby are hoping for a full house of passionate fans in Thomond Park this Saturday for the match against Ospreys. Picture: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
MUNSTER play just their second home game of 2015 in Limerick this Saturday afternoon, with a place in the final of the Guinness Pro12 up for grabs.

MUNSTER play just their second home game of 2015 in Limerick this Saturday afternoon, with a place in the final of the Guinness Pro12 up for grabs.

The team is gunning for its first trophy in four years, but must conquer the visiting Ospreys first, the Welsh team having already won at Thomond Park, back in September.

However, no away side has managed to win a PRO12 semi-final since the introduction of the play-offs six seasons ago

But the visiting side have, Munster Rugby confirmed to the Limerick Leader this Wednesday evening, taken just 100 tickets from their total allocation - meaning the Red Army faithful will be more than vocal on the terraces of the hallowed stadium.

Since tickets for the clash went on sale a matter of days ago, a respectable 13,000 tickets has been sold for the game, which kicks off at 2.30pm on Saturday.

Munster Rugby are confident of adding substantially to that number by the time of kick off.

“We’re selling really well,” said a spokesperson.

“We’re seeing great uptake from our season ticket holders and groups throughout Munster taking up on our group terrace offer of 20 kids and five adults for €100.”

Meanwhile, coach Anthony Foley has appealed to fans to back the team and make their way to Thomond Park this Saturday, saying what makes the ground special is the “people in the stands, and the atmosphere they brought with them”.

“We’re hoping the people of Limerick and the north Munster region will come out and support us and make sure we’re well supported and the hard work the boys have done over the last three or four months since we’ve been knocked out of Europe,” he said.

“I think we’ve gone about our job to try and make sure we’ve something to celebrate at the end of the year and hopefully we can get something. But it’s going to take a lot of hard work and we’d appreciate the help of Thomond Park,” he added.

Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster outlets or from the Munster Rugby website.