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Saturday 23 September 2017

Erasmus warns how whitewash could lead to backlash

Munster 38 Leicester Tigers 0

Munster's Tyler Bleyendaal
Munster's Tyler Bleyendaal

If Ireland poked the bear in Chicago, Munster might have poked the Tiger at Thomond Park.

It was thirteen years since Leicester Tigers were last limited to zero in the European Cup.

Incidentally, that happened against Ulster in the old Ravenhill where they were hit with 33 unanswered points.

This was overtaken by Munster's emphatic 38-point whitewash which accrued a bonus-point to place the province at the head of Pool One.

There is one point back to Glasgow Warriors, who cleaned out Ronan O'Gara's Racing 92 23-14 at Stade Yves du Manoir.

The main point of difference is that Munster have a game-in-hand on Gregor Townsend's men.

The manner of Munster's superiority resurrected memories of yesteryear, when they ruled Europe with an iron fist of a forward pack and master puppeteer O'Gara pulling the strings.

It would appear Tyler Bleyendaal is made from the same mental mettle.

Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill did not take kindly to Leicester's humiliation.

"Last year, we beat them home and away," he said.

"We came here and got our arses smacked good and proper. There's no getting away from it.

"I'm not going to shy away from the fact, I watched the game as well as you guys and we got our arses smacked."

The bitter taste for Cockerill will form the centrepiece of their build-up this week for what is to come back at Welford Road.

"I think we made the tackles really personal because Leicester have definitely got a lot of X-Factor players," said Munster's Rassie Erasmus.

"There is no reality check needed from our side. We know what's coming our way next week."

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