Munster target vital PRO12 win over Connacht

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Munster head coach Anthony Foley
MUNSTER will look to avoid their first home defeat to Connacht in 29 years when the Irish rivals face-off in a crucial Guinness PRO12 clash at Thomond Park this Saturday, 5.15pm.

MUNSTER will look to avoid their first home defeat to Connacht in 29 years when the Irish rivals face-off in a crucial Guinness PRO12 clash at Thomond Park this Saturday, 5.15pm.

Pat Lam’s Connacht side secured a deserved 24-16 victory when the province’s met in the PRO12 at the Sportsground on January 1. With just five series of regular season games to go, the stakes are high for both provinces this weekend. The game is live on Sky Sports.

Following Saturday’s tie with Connacht, Munster’s remaining regular season games are against Edinburgh, Treviso, Ulster and Dragons.

Munster are currently third in the table on 53 points, edged out of second spot on points difference by Ulster, who occupy the second home semi-final berth. Glasgow lead the way on 57 points,

Munster will be without second row Donnacha Ryan for this weekend’s inter-pro as he picked up a head injury playing for the province’s A side in their win over Ulster Ravens on Thursday.

Foley hopes Munster can bounce back from their defeat to Ospreys last time out.

“We’ve all had two weeks off in terms of the senior sides and it’s about now making sure we get back and rid ourselves of that performance over in Liberty Stadium, get back to what we were doing before,” Foley said.

“Connacht are sixth at the moment in the table. They’ve beat us up in the Sportsground over Christmas so we understand how good they are. We understand where they are in the table and it’s important we go out and concentrate on ourselves and make sure we bring out a big performance because we’ll need it.”