More than 6,000 Munster fans are in Bordeaux for their Champions Cup semi-final with Racing 92 at Stade Chaban Delmas on Sunday
MUNSTER rugby fans painted the French city of Bordeaux red on Sunday ahead of the province mammoth European Champions Cup semi-final showdown with Racing 92.
Thousands of day-trip Munster fans arrived in the city in the South West of France on Sunday morning, joining the thousands already in the wine capital as the sense of pre-match anticipation reached fever pitch.
WATCH: Munster fans on their feet in the stand as band strike up Stand Up & Fight. Atmosphere is rocking as kick-off nears at Stade Chaban Delmas #MunvR92 @ChampionsCup @Limerick_Leader @LimkLeaderSport #LLSport @compub pic.twitter.com/oVjoIa5itV— Colm Kinsella (@ckSportLeader) April 22, 2018
Cup organisers anticipate that up to 6,000 Munster fans will be cheering on Johann van Graan's side inside the stadium, while the overall attendance could reach as high as 25,000, bolstered by the local Bordeaux rugby-supporting public.
Munster's record 13th semi-final showdown with the French Top 14 giants takes place at the Stade Chaban Delmas at 3.15pm Irish time.
WATCH: Munster fans milling about around bars on appproach roads to Stade Chaban Delmas. Atmosphere building. Few taking advantage of the shade. Sweltering day in Bordeaux #LLSport #Bordeauxbound @Limerick_Leader @LimkLeaderSport pic.twitter.com/Jf2poHmKoY— Colm Kinsella (@ckSportLeader) April 22, 2018
Irish bars in Bordeaux did a roaring trade as Munster fans hydrated ahead of kick-off. Many Munster fans were looking red-faced after spending too much time in the searing heat.
Temperatures are expected to reach a sweltering 28 degrees by kick-off time in the semi-final.
Munster have lost each of their last five Champions Cup semi-final appearances and will be seeking to reach their first final in 10 years.
Munster fans hydrating in the Bordeaux heat ahead of today's @ChampionsCup semi-final v Racing 92 at Stade Chaban Delmas #Bordeauxbound #Munster #LLSport @compub @Limerick_Leader @LimkLeaderSport pic.twitter.com/rXZonaNIaq— Colm Kinsella (@ckSportLeader) April 22, 2018
Leinster secured their passage into the May 12 decider in Bilbao when easing past the Scarlets in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.