Archer: 'Munster must front up physically against Maoris'

Archer: 'Munster must front up physically against Maoris'

TIGHTHEAD prop Stephen Archer has warned that if Munster don’t match the Maori All-Blacks physically in Friday night’s Thomond Park showdown, the province will be ‘blown off the park’.

A capacity crowd of 25,600 is set to attend the glamour international fixture at Thomond Park which kicks off at 7.30pm (Live eir Sport)

Stephen Archer, who starts the game in Munster’s front-row, said: “It’ll be a tough game, I’m sure we will feel it on Saturday morning.

“I just watched a few minutes of them against the USA last week in the video room and there was plenty of big hits. We need to get ourselves ready for a bruising encounter on Friday.

“We have to be physical. If we don’t match them physically, then we will get blown off the park.

“This is kind of international rugby week for us, which is weird in itself. It is unusual getting away from the normal teams you play in the Pro12 and the Champions Cup.

“We do know that they will be hugely physical and they put in a very good performance against the USA at the weekend too. We will have to bring our ‘A’ game.

“There are so skillful.They are like all New Zealand teams. They just do the basics so well. I haven’t seen a New Zealander who can’t pass the ball yet.

“They are, from 1-15, all good passers of the ball and well skilled. We are looking forward to it now.”