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Saturday 3 December 2016

Munster only have eyes for top spot

Munster head coach Anthony Foley
Munster head coach Anthony Foley

This is a case of two clubs desperately in need of points for different reasons as Edinburgh host Munster at Murrayfield tomorrow (kick-off 7.30pm, TG4).

It is as much a match of interest to Connacht as it is to Munster given how The Westerners are tied on 43 points for that coveted Champions Cup qualification.

The Scots have come strong at the right time to reel off three victories in a sure return to form that will test the intentions of Munster in the cavernous, almost empty national stadium.

While most will have forgotten what happened on the first weekend of the season, these two won’t have to be reminded.

Edinburgh took a priceless one-point win (14-13) away from Thomond Park in what could yet turn out to be a pivotal outcome for both clubs when the final round is complete. 

Munster have failed to make the European Cup

quarter-finals for just the second time in 17 seasons, a remarkable statistic by any standards.

That is what they call longevity.

The signing of the gifted All Black centre Francis Saili on a two-year deal is a reflection of their commitment to rebound next season.   

Right now, they have to get on with who they have. 

Munster occupy a positive place on the ladder, just two points off top spot with everything to gain.

Is it time for payback? Or will there be further evidence of Edinburgh’s resurgence? It is anyone’s guess.

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