Munster target first double over Leinster since 2009

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Denis Hurley, pictured centre, insists Munster's failure to make the quarter-finals of European Champions Cup doesn't mark the end of an era. Munster face Sale Sharks in their final pool game at Thomond Park this Sunday, 3.15pm
MUNSTER head coach Anthony Foley insists the side is not getting hung up on fear of losing four games in a row for the first time in five seasons when Leinster visit Thomond Park this St Stephen’s Day, 5pm.

MUNSTER head coach Anthony Foley insists the side is not getting hung up on fear of losing four games in a row for the first time in five seasons when Leinster visit Thomond Park this St Stephen’s Day, 5pm.

Munster have slipped to third place in the PRO12 table on the back of losing away to Glasgow at Scotstoun on Saturday. Anthony Foley’s side are currently one point and one place ahead of Leinster in the table.

Anthony Foley said the possibility of suffering a fourth successive defeat in all competitions wasn’t on the squad’s radar this week.

Foley said: “We just go from game to game and you just focus on the job that is in front of you. We go out to win and we go out to make sure we put in the best performance possible. But if you are in the changing room at Glasgow you are talking about making sure we take the game away from them. We did that for about 60 odd minutes into the game and unfortunately we didn’t finish it off. The same could be said for Clermont home and away that we lost by a score. It is very frustrating that this happened three weeks in a row, we lost by a score in each of them. Now we just need to get back to where we were when we played Dragons, ulster, Saracens, Sale, Leinster and all the other teams that we have beaten this year. We need to get back out there winning games.

“Obviously, we understand the importance (of this Leinster game) just as we did the day we played them up at the Aviva. It is about getting momentum back into our season. Regardless of who play that will be the focus. There is that extra element of a close neighbour coming down to play. There are a lot of close relationships between the provinces over the years and we do understand the importance of it.”

Munster will look to complete their first home-and-away double over Leinster since 2009 at Thomond Park on St Stephen’s Day.

The game, which will be televised live on TG4, will be refereed by Welsh official, Nigel Owens.