Munster hope to back up Stade performance in Italy

Colm Kinsella


Colm Kinsella

Munster hope to back up Stade performance in Italy

Munster temporary consultant Andy Farrell during squad training this Tuesday in UL. Picture: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

MUNSTER look to sign off on their Champions Cup campaign with a second victory over Italian strugglers Treviso at Stadio Monigo on Sunday, 1pm (Irish time, live BT Sports).

Anthony Foley’s Munster side restored some pride in the jersey when scoring a spiritied 26-13 bonus point win over Stade Francais at Thomond Park on Saturday.

While Munster’s hopes of making the knock-out stages of the Champions Cup have effectively disappeared for a second successive year with their defeat to Stade Francais in Paris, there is still a slim mathematical chance that the province could progress with a bonus point win in Italy and an unlikely run of results in other pool games.

Munster captain CJ Stander insisted they would be treating Treviso with the respect they deserved.

Munster scored a bonus point win over their Italian Pro12 rivals when the sides met in the opening round of the Champions Cup at Thomond Park in November.

“Treviso is the type of team if you don’t pitch up against you are going to lose. We lost in the PRO12 there last year. You have to respect them because they play good rugby.

“They’re a very physical team and you have to be physical with them and you have to get points on the board.”

Stander earned the Man of the Match accolade in Munster’s weekend win over Stade Francais boosting his claims for selection in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland 6 Nations squad.

Stander said: "I'm probably a different leader from the legend, Paul (O'Connell), or Peter )O'Mahony), I just want to be in front of the charge, and if the boys can follow me that's happy days. To get another man of the match, it's good, but that stuff, individual stuff, doesn't interest me at this stage."