TABLE toppers Munster return to RaboDirect PRO12 action this Saturday when Rob Penney’s side lock horns with the Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park this Saturday (6.30pm)
While the majority of the attention from the rugby public will be on Ireland’s final autumn international against the All-Blacks at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, Munster will be setting their sights on retaining top spot in the PRO12.
Leaders Munster have won their last four fixtures in the League, including notable successes against Leinster, Glasgow and the Ospreys in their most recent outing at the start of the month.
Table toppers currently enjoy a one-point lead over the Warriors and a three-point advantage over the third-placed Ospreys.
Following Saturday’s away date with Cardiff, Penney’s men return to Wales for a Friday, November 29 clash with the Dragons (7.15pm), before the focus reverts to the Heineken Cup and the Sunday, December 8 home meeting with USA Perpignan at Thomond Park (12.45pm).
Saturday’s game in Cardiff could see a debut appearance for Munster’s new South African winger Gerhard van den Heever.
Twenty four-year-old van den Heever has joined Munster on a two-year contract. The South African signed for Munster in July but stayed with Western Province as they unsuccessfully attempted to defend the Currie Cup, when beaten 33-19 by the Sharks in the final.
Van den Heever made his Super Rugby debut with the Bulls aged 20 and enjoyed a successful two years there, winning the Super Rugby competition in 2009. He made the move to the Stormers in 2011 and played provincial rugby for the Blue Bulls and Western Province, winning the Currie Cup with both sides.