MUNSTER’S outside hopes of securing home advantage in the RaboDirect PRO12 play-offs reaches a critical point this Saturday as Rob Penney’s men host Ulster in their final regular season game at Thomond Park (6.30pm).
Third-placed Munster currently trail second-placed Glasgow Warriors by a single point in the League table ahead of this weekend’s final series of fixtures. Glasgow host second-from-bottom Zebre in their remaining tie at Scotstoun Stadium.
Fourth-placed Ulster are already assured of a play-off place after picking up a losing bonus point in their 20-22 defeat to Leinster at Ravenhill on Friday night.
Munster are likely to welcome back several players who were rested last weekend following the province’s Heineken Cup semi-final defeat to Toulon for this weekend’s inter-provincial tie with Ulster.
Munster turned the screw in the second half of Saturday’s facile PRO12 win away to Edinburgh in Scotland, as Damien Varley, Duncan Williams, Tommy O’Donnell and two penalty tries saw them home to a 55-12 victory.
However, coach Rob Penney was quick to point to the need for improvement with this weekend’s date with Ulster looming large.
“It was pretty convincing in the end,” said Penney.
“But we made quite a few first-half errors. We’ll have to improve for Ulster next weekend.”
Meanwhile, two Munster players have been included in this season’s RaboDirect PRO12 Dream Team, loosehead prop Dave Kilcoyne and centre Casey Laulala.
Prop Kilcoyne, this season’s RaboDirect PRO12 Munster Rugby Ambassador, has played in 20 of the 21 RaboDirect PRO12 league games, scoring two tries, while centre Casey Laulala has started in all 14 of his league representations this season.