MUNSTER coach, Rob Penney has accused Perpignan of throwing out ‘red herrings’ over how the weekend’s Heineken Cup clash between the sides was refereed ahead of today’s (Saturday) return game at the Stade Aime Giral (3.40pm, Irish time).
Penney expects the French Top 14 side to be ‘steaming’ following their 36-8 defeat to Munster at Thomond Park.
Penney said: “Perpignan will be steaming, I think. They are alluding to a few things apparently around the refereeing and so forth.
“I think they are throwing some distractions, some red herrings out amongst the mix, trying to take away from the disappointment of the outcome, so to that end, they will be trying to ambush us.”
The Round 4 game at the Stade Aime Giral will be refereed by English official, JP Doyle.
Munster currently enjoyed two-point advantage over second-placed Gloucester in Pool 6.
Penney said Munster were fortunate to have a number of squad members who have experienced the intimidating atmosphere of Perpignan’s Stade Aime Giral before, including some players who played in the impressive bonus point win at the venue in 2009.
Penney said: “It is going to be really intimidating and a difficult place to go. I think the guys are very aware of that.
“I’m a big believer in what is going on between the ears effects a lot of that. If you go in with a mind set that predisposes you to being influenced and being less of a performer because you are playing away, then that is how you are going to perform. If we can control the things we desperately need to control, how we prepare, how we recover from last weekend and how we mentally apply or focus in the 48 hours before kick-off then we will give ourselves a starter’s chance.”