MUNSTER must pick themselves up quickly if they are to rescue their season in the Heineken Cup after their league hopes were all but ended last weekend when they lost 51-23 to Glasgow in Scotstoun.
Munster travel to London this Sunday to play Harlequins in the Heineken Cup quarter-final but they’ll need to improve massively after they fell to their eighth league loss of the season.
Munster only trailed 20-14 at the break after tries from Dave Kilcoyne and Casey Laulala but Laulala was responsible for one of Glasgow’s tries as his pass was intercepted and the league leaders pushed on in the second half as John Barclay, Stuart Hogg and Mark Bennett touched down to help Glasgow break the 50-point barrier. Munster’s late try from Doug Howlett was mere consolation.
Munster are now 11 points behind the Ospreys and Scarlets who are tied in fourth place.
Munster will welcome back their international stars Conor Murray and Peter O’Mahony this weekend while they’ll also be hoping that Donnacha Ryan can shake off his injury and Simon Zebo can be declared fit.
MUNSTER - Felix Jones; Doug Howlett, Casey Laulala, James Downey (Ivan Dineen, 57 mins), Johne Murphy; Ronan O’Gara (Ian Keatley, 57 mins), Duncan Williams (Cathal Sheridan, 53 mins); Dave Kilcoyne (Wian du Preez, 63 mins), Mike Sherry (Damien Varley, 57 mins), BJ Botha (Stephen Archer, 54 mins); Donncha O’Callaghan, Paul O’Connell (Billy Holland, 74 mins); Paddy Butler (Niall Ronan, 63 mins), Tommy O’Donnell, James Coughlan.
GLASGOW WARRIORS - S Hogg; S Maitland, S Lamont, P Horne, DTH van der Merwe; R Jackson, N Matawalu; R Grant, P MacArthur, J Welsh, T Swinson, A Kellock capt, J Strauss, J Barclay, R Wilson. Replacements: D Hall, O Fainga’anuku, M Low, T Ryder, R Harley, H Pyrgos, D Weir, M Bennett