MUNSTER’S play-off hopes in the Guinness Pro12 as well as European Champions Cup qualification face a huge test on Saturday when Anthony Foley’s charges face Connacht at the Sportsground, 7.15pm.
Munster currently lie sixth in the Pro12 table, five points off the play-off places, the last of which is occupied by the Scarlets. There are now just three regular season fixtures to go.
After this weekend’s trip to Galway, Munster host Edinburgh, just one point and one place behind them in the table, at Musgrave Park on Friday, April 29 at 7.35pm.
Munster complete their programme of regular season games against the Scarlets at Thomond Park on Saturday, May 7, 3pm.
Team captain CJ Stander says Munster are playing ‘Cup rugby’ for the remainder of the season.
"The next few weeks arevital for us. It is like cup rugby, we want to get into that fourth spot and stay in that top six.
”You can't really take a step back. Back to the grind. You have to look at yourself. So we will be hard on ourselves for the next few weeks."
Munster head to the Sportsground still smarting from their frustrating defeat to Leinster last time out at the Aviva Stadium.
Munster will be anxious to prevent Connacht from completing a home and away double over them in the Pro12 this season.
Connacht beat Munster at Thomond Park for the first time in 29 years when Pat Lam’s side recorded an 18-12 victory at the Limerick venue in November.
Munster head coach Anthony Foley is expecting a huge test from Connacht who suffered a one-point defeat to Grenoble in their Challenge Cup quarter-final in France on Saturday night.
“We've got to win our next game. It's going to be a tough game in Galway. We need to get back on track and win again.”