WATCH: Munster's Johann van Graan previews this Saturday's meeting with Gloucester

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Munster face Gloucester this Saturday at 1pm in Thomond Park. The round two game, in pool 2 of this season's Champions Cup, is a perfect opportunity for Munster to grab control of the group. 

A 10-10 draw away to Exeter last weekend, means that van Graan's charges are in control of the group with a return leg against Exeter in January a potential group deciding tie. 

That is of course if Munster defeat Gloucester this Saturday afternoon. Only time will tell, but in the video above van Graan highlights how difficult a task that is going to be for the men in red. 

Pool 2 - Munster Rugby v Gloucester Rugby

Venue: Thomond Park
Kick-off: 13:00
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (Fra)
Assistant Referee 1: Maxime Chalon (Fra)
Assistant Referee 2: Luc Ramos (Fra)
TMO: Philippe Bonhoure (Fra)
Citing Commissioner: Stefano Marrama (Ita)
TV: Virgin Media / Channel 4 / BT Sport

• Saturday will be the eighth meeting between Munster and Gloucester; the Irish province have won five of the previous seven including each of the last four.

• Munster are on a nine-game winning run at Thomond Park, their best streak in the competition since a 17-game sequence between 2007/08 and 2011/12.

• Gloucester have picked up two wins from their last three visits to Ireland in the tournament, beating Ulster and Connacht, but losing to Munster in the 2013/14 season.

• Gloucester are looking to win their opening two games of a European Cup campaign for the first time since 2007/08 when they went on to reach the quarter-final.

• After drawing just one previous game (18-18 v Neath in October 1998) Munster have now opened their last two campaigns with a draw.

• Gloucester missed just six tackles in beating Castres in Round 1, no side missed fewer, and their 95% tackle success rate was the best of the 20 competing clubs.

• Munster stole five opposition lineouts in Round 1, two more than any other side managed over the opening weekend.

• Neither Danny Cipriani (5/5) nor Joey Carbery (2/2) missed a shot at goal in the opening round, Cipriani’s 14-point haul against Castres was the second most he has scored in 24 games against TOP 14 opponents in Europe (28 v Oyonnax in December 2013).

• Ben Morgan and Jake Polledri each beat six defenders in Round 1, no forward beat more (also Matt Fagerson of Glasgow Warriors).