Munster look to slay Dragons

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Munster's Conor Murray is tackled by Ruan Pienaar, of Ulster, in their Guinness PRO12 draw at Kingspan Stadium on Saturday
MUNSTER’S hopes of securing a home semi-final in the Guinness PRO12 rests on the results of the final series of regular season fixtures after Anthony Foley’s side recorded a thrilling draw with Ulster at Kingspan Park.

MUNSTER’S hopes of securing a home semi-final in the Guinness PRO12 rests on the results of the final series of regular season fixtures after Anthony Foley’s side recorded a thrilling draw with Ulster at Kingspan Park.

Munster complete their regular season games against the Dragons at Musgrave Park on Saturday next, 3pm.

Anthony Foley’s men are currently tied on 70 points at the top of the Guinness PRO12 table with Ospreys and Glasgow. Ulster are a point behind the three sides in fourth place.

Munster are currently ranked third because the province has recorded one less win, 14, than both Ospreys and Glasgow who have won 15 of their 21 PRO12 fixtures this season.

Head coach, Anthony Foley said: “I think I have come here (Belfast) on a number of years and got left home with nothing so two points will stand to us going into the knock-out stages.

“The Dragons have beaten Leinster home and away this year, they are a quality side. We’ll prepare as we prepared this week and we will be fully focused on getting the result.”

Munster will keep their fingers crossed that both back-row Tommy O’Donnell and winger Simon Zebo who were forced off with injuries in the draw with Ulster will be available for the Dragons clash.

Foley added: “Simon struggled to get through the week with a back injury or back pain, his back was going into spasm. He trained fully on Thursday but took a collision early and got a bad reaction to it. We had to take him off. Tommy’s being assessed for a hamstring injury, so we can’t tell how bad that is.

“But it was obviously bad enough to take him off after about 10 minutes.”