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Revenge On Munster Minds As Edinburgh Come Calling

Revenge On Munster Minds As Edinburgh Come Calling

Munster head coach Rob Penney and captain Peter O’Mahony are looking forward to the challenge posed by a quality Edinburgh side at Thomond Park on Sunday (kick-off 12.45pm).

Munster won their pool a game early last Saturday against Gloucester, but their only defeat in this season’s Heineken Cup came at the hands of Sunday’s opponents in October and Rob Penney is well aware of the Scottish side’s recent good form.

“Edinburgh are a really quality side. People underestimated them in the build-up to the early rounds of the Heineken Cup,” said the Munster boss.

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“But since that win (against Munster), they’ve also defeated Leinster, Perpignan and Gloucester away and that’s shown they’re a team that has really bought into what Alan Solomons is trying to do there.

“They’ve got some quality players playing well and they’re a challenge.”

Munster captain Peter O’Mahony was one of the standout performers in the win in Kingsholm last weekend and the Corkman echoed the thoughts of his head coach.

“They’ve come a long way, they have a good game-plan and they implement it very well,” said the Ireland back rower.

“They’re very physical and not just in the pack, they have a couple of big men out in the backs, some gamebreakers, and with (Greig) Laidlaw kicking the points they’re a formidable side.

“But this week we need to look after our own house and get ourselves right for Sunday.”

That defeat to Edinburgh back in October has been followed by 10 wins in 11 games but O’Mahony revealed that Murrayfield loss has not been forgotten.

“We’re still hurting and disappointed with the way it went in the first game and it would be silly of us not to have that in the back of our minds this week.

“Obviously the nature of the beast means we want to get revenge but this week, of all weeks, we’ve got to put that to one side and worry about implementing our game-plan and being physical this weekend and having a good performance at home.”

The Munster support was out in force at Kingsholm and O’Mahony hailed the effect that the fans had on the team last weekend.

“They’ve been unreal for us over the years. About 60% of the crowd were Munster fans in a place that would be renowned for a hostile environment from the home crowd.

“For it to be half full of our fans an hour and a half before kick-off was bizarre and it set the tone for us.

“We went into the dressing room and we said ‘this is going to be a special one’, and that’s exactly what happened, it was a special day out for Munster,” he added.

Penney had similarly complimentary words and is hoping for more of the same in Limerick on Sunday afternoon.

“It’s a special group – the ‘Red Army’ – everywhere we go (they come and support us), it’s an incredibly unique experience around the world,” explained the New Zealander.

“Having coached a lot in the southern Hemisphere, there’s certainly nothing like the travelling support that Munster get.

“Let’s hope that the Sunday roasts are all done and dusted by about 12 o’clock and then the people can get down to Thomond Park and enjoy a lovely afternoon’s entertainment by the Munster boys.”

Please note that a very limited amount of terrace tickets are available for the Munster v Edinburgh game so book now to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are available to purchase online here or by calling Ticketmaster on 0818 719 300. Tickets are also available from Munster Ticket Offices and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Ticket prices – Junior: North and South Terrace €;10; Terrace: €;30.