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Red Army have too much in their arsenal for Italians

Munster v Aironi, Musgrave Park, tonight 8.30 (live TG4)

This has the sniff of five points about it. Munster followed four straight wins -- to hold their customary grip on the league -- with defeats to Edinburgh away and the Ospreys at home.

Coach Tony McGahan will expect a backlash from his players as all his World Cup stars make their return to the red jersey. They will look to rediscover their ruthless streak. Interestingly, Donnacha Ryan (pictured) is preferred to Donncha O'Callaghan in the engine room.

In fairness, Aironi have managed one win out of six, with the added benefit of one losing and one four-try bonus point. They are slowly coming to grips with the demands of the league.

Verdict: Munster.

Munster: J Murphy; D Howlett, W Chambers, D Barnes, K Earls; R O'Gara, C Murray; W du Preez, D Varley, BJ Botha, D Ryan, P O'Connell (capt), D Leamy, P O'Mahony, J Coughlan.

AIRONI: R Trevisan; S Sinoti, A Masi, G Pavan, G Venditti; L Orquera, T Keats; M Aguero, F Ongaro, F Staibano; J Furno, M Bortolami; N Cattina, S Favaro, J Sole.