Munster can go all the way, claims Penney

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Keith Earls, Munster, on his way to scoring his side's first try despite efforts of Maxime M�dard, Toulouse, during Saturday's Heineken Cup quarter-final in Thomond Park
MUNSTER head coach Rob Penney believes that while Heineken Cup semi-final opponents Toulon are ‘full of class’, his side are capable of winning this year’s competition.

MUNSTER head coach Rob Penney believes that while Heineken Cup semi-final opponents Toulon are ‘full of class’, his side are capable of winning this year’s competition.

Toulon’s impressive 29-14 home quarter-final win over Leinster yesterday means Penney’s Munster side face a semi-final showdown with the current Heineken Cup champions at the Stade Velodrome, Marseille, on Sunday, April 27, at 3.30pm Irish time.

Munster secured a semi-final spot for the 11th time after crushing another French side, Toulouse, 47-23 before a sell-out crowd of 26,200 at Thomond Park on Saturday. Rob Penney said: “Toulon are very similar to Toulouse, full of class, capable of doing anything. I think the Munster team is capable of playing against anyone and being really competitive and if we get it right on the day, we are dangerous. I always said that.”

Munster and Toulon last met in the 2010/11 Heineken Cup pool stages when Munster were knocked out of the competition after a 32-16 defeat at Stade Mayol.

The Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, has a 41,000 capacity stadium. Competing clubs receiving an equal allocation of tickets which the ERC will confirm once all commitments are finalised. Munster say match tickets will be distributed through the province’s rugby clubs and the Munster Rugby Supporters Club.

Penney added: “This team is capable of winning it, no doubt about that. Good enough side to do it, but whether we do or not there is an awful lot of water to flow under the bridge yet.”

Saracens will face Clermont Auvergne in the other Heineken Cup semi-final on Saturday. April 26.