MUNSTER will be looking to avenge the hiding the province suffered away to Glasgow Warriors in the RaboDirect PRO12 last season when the sides renew rivalry at Scotstoun this Friday (7.35pm).
Rob Penney’s men shipped an embarrassing 51-24 defeat to the Warriors when the sides met in Scotland in March, spectacularly ending Munster’s six-game unbeaten run against their opponents.
Munster have an added incentive to win Friday night’s game because should Penney’s men end the Warriors unbeaten start to the PRO12 season, they will go top of the league table.
A week after Munster shipped 51 points against the Warriors last season they produced one of their finest performances of the season to stun Harlequins in the quarter-final of the Heineken Cup.
Munster full back Felix Jones misses the game through injury, while the province also has injury doubts over Donnacha Ryan, Niall Ronan and Denis Hurley. An update on the three players injuries is expected to be given later today, Wednesday, at a Munster press briefing in Cork.
Meanwhile, on the club front, the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League resumes this Saturday with a full programme of games.
In Division 1A, Young Munster will be looking to continue their fine start to the season when facing holders Lansdowne on the back pitch at the Aviva Stadium.
Garryowen will be desperate to pick up their first win of the campaign when the ‘light blues’ host UCD at Dooradoyle. Bottom side Garryowen have lost their opening two fixtures in the top flight, in contrast to the students who are flying high in the table.
In Division 1B, Shannon will also be looking to pick up their first win as the parish side host Dungannon at Coonagh. Shannon will be boosted by their dramatic Munster Senior Cup quarter-final win over Dolphin at Coonagh last weekend. Also in 1B, UL-Bohs will be hoping to make it two wins on the bounce against Ulster opposition when they travel to Gibson Park to face Malone.
In 2A, Old Crescent host Rainey OB at Rosbrien, while bottom side Bruff will be targeting their first win since their relegation to this division when the South Limerick side host fellow strugglers Bective Rangers at Kilballyowen Park.
There is also a big local derby in 2B where mid-table Thomond host promoted Richmond, still awaiting their first win, at Liam Fitzgerald Park. All games start at 2.30pm.