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Sunday 4 December 2016

Foley at the mercy of Stade's interest

Anthony Foley Photo:Sportsfile
Anthony Foley Photo:Sportsfile

Mathematically, Munster still have hope in Pool 4.

In reality, they must have heavy hearts at what could have been.

They had their chances, especially away to Leicester Tigers, to recapture their magical mystery in Europe. They just couldn't convert what they created.

By the time, they got their act together on the road, it was only to dent Ulster in the PRO12 and that would have taken so much out of them.

Stade have twice as many points (10) as Munster (5) having played one game less and they will be right back on track to overtake Leicester Tigers (18) in Pool Four as long as they can convince in front of their home support.

This re-arranged fixture could provide the platform for Stade's third successive five-pointer following their back-to-back against Benetton Treviso.

Of course, Munster never back down and coach Anthony Foley will drill the importance of replicating what happened in Ravenhill last week.

"It's massive to get momentum," reflected Foley

"It's massive to get confidence and to see the character and commitment our players showed in the shirt.

"It's now important that we take that on."

The great intangible is how much Stade want Europe.

They conquered Toulon and Clermont-Auvergne to rule supreme in the Top-14 last season.

The next natural step is to take their ability and apply it wholeheartedly to The Champions Cup.

It is a case of wait-and-see.

Stade Francais v Munster, Stade Jean Bouin, Tomorrow (KO 4.45 Irish time) live Sky Sports 1

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