MUNSTER’S dynamic back-row forward Jack O’Donoghue admits players will have a ‘chip on the shoulder’ ahead of this Friday night’s clash with Glasgow following their final Guinness PRO12 final defeat to the Scottish side in Belfast last May.
Following wins in their opening two PRO12 fixtures, Munster have jumped up to third place in the PRO12 table. However, Munster have won just one of their last five meetings with Glasgow and suffered a 31-13 thumping at the hands of Gregor Townsend’s side in last season’s PRO12 final at Kingspan Stadium.
Friday night’s round three clash has an earlier than normal 6pm kick-off time in order to avoid a direct clash with the Rugby World Cup. Munster’s PRO12 game will be televised live on Sky Sports.
Versatile back-row forward O’Donoghue said that defeat meant Munster players had not enjoyed their summer break as much as normal.
O’Donoghue said: “ There is bit of bitterness to us, the chip on the shoulder there. We have to go out and prove ourselves to them this time round. They did us over in a final. We were very sickened. You couldn’t really enjoy our time off because that is just sitting at the back of your mind. It was sickening, but hopefully now going into this weekend we can lay down a marker, show the what we are really about.”
O’Donoghue is hoping for a big Munster support at Thomond Park on Friday, despite the earlier than normal kick-off time.
“It is going to be the first match of the competitive season in Thomond Park. Hopefully, people will nip off work a bit early and try and get down for the game.”