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Thursday 8 December 2016

Munster looking to deny Ospreys freedom at the Liberty

CJ Stander, with the ball, helped Munster to victory over Benetton Treviso
CJ Stander, with the ball, helped Munster to victory over Benetton Treviso

This has all the hallmarks of one worth watching at The Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

The Ospreys play with a verve and style that makes them one of the most watchable clubs in Europe when they are on form and in tune to execute those fast-flowing attacks.

Their first hit-out against Ulster was a sign of how low they can drop their standards.

This is unlikely to occur in Swansea where the core support of the home crowd can be unforgiving.

There are no hidden secrets to how Munster like to counter such a force.

The application of pressure in defence, at the breakdown, in the scrum and out of touch can deny Ospreys the fast ball they so hungrily crave.

The Welsh are unbeaten in their last 14 at home in the PRO12 which augurs well for the preservation of their good record until further investigation reveals Munster were the last to conquer them there.

Ospreys v Munster, tomorrow (ko 2.30) live TG4

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